Air Force strikes deal for 18,000 iPads

The Air Force plans to replace paper flight manuals and navigation charts with Apple iPad 2s.

The service’s Air Mobility Command recently gave a $9.3 million contract to Executive Technology of Phoenix to buy as many as 18,000 iPads, Bloomberg reported. The iPads will be sold to the Air Force at a discount price of about $520 each.

The contract allows for up to 18,000 of the devices, although whether the Air Force actually buys that many depends on funding allocations, Bloomberg reported.

The deal marks one of the biggest tablet buys to date for the military, which is steadily moving toward greater use of wireless, mobile devices.

About the Author

Connect with the GCN staff on Twitter @GCNtech.

inside gcn

  • threat detection

    In fighting fraud, the only constant is change

Reader Comments

Thu, Mar 8, 2012

Discount? New iPads list at $499 with iPad 2s going for $399.

Please post your comments here. Comments are moderated, so they may not appear immediately after submitting. We will not post comments that we consider abusive or off-topic.

Please type the letters/numbers you see above

More from 1105 Public Sector Media Group