Air Force Plans to Purchase 2,725 iPad3 Tablets

Site: AF.mil

The Air Force plans to purchase additional iPads that will be used for flight management and as sources of reference for flight crews. 

In a request for proposals, the Air Force said it wants 2,725 third-generation iPads to be used as electronic flight bags.

The 64 gigabyte, Wi-Fi only devices will replace reference books and flight management logs, the RFP said. 

The tablets should also include a two-year service plan that is compatible with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s flight information publications application Phaero. 

The Air Force said it wants the devices to be compatible with night vision filters and to have 256-bit encryption. 

The Air Force previously committed to shifting one million of its unclassified network users from desktops to thin clients.

The Air Force issued a request for information in March seeking an architecture that would support the Air Force’s virtual desktop infrastructure by 2014. 

The force will run a pilot program before deployment that will include 9,000 unclassified and 6,200 classified network users at the Illinois Scott Air Force Base. 

The Air Force’s plan to purchase iPads and to migrate most of its virtual environment from desktops to thin clients is part of a larger effort evident in the Defense Department as well.

Defense Chief Information Officer Teri Takai put mobility among her top priorities in her position as the Pentagon plans to rely less on desktops and more on mobile devices and thin clients. 

The Air Force Mobility Command  awarded a $9.36 million contract in March for 18,000 iPads. 

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