Air Force Special Operations Command Cancels Plans To Purchase IPad 2

Posted: Feb 23 2012, 12:20pm CST | by , in News | Apple


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No tablets for USAF

Earlier this month word made rounds that the Air Force Special Operations Command was eyeing the purchase of as many as 18,000 iPad 2 tablets from Apple. The reason for those tablets was to move to digital charts that the pilots normally carry in bags that weigh 30 or more pounds each. The goal of the USAF was to reduce pilot workload and weight.

American Airlines has moved to the iPad 2 from print charts and other flight manuals and claims that it plans to save over $1 million in fuel from the weight reduction. When the original iPad 2 purchase plan surfaced the USAF intended the buy the tablets and have them run software for security and document reading that was developed in Russia. Apparently, the SOC thought better of that it has now announced that it won't be purchasing iPad 2.

Officials working in other branches of the military the intended field smartphone such as the iPhone had previously announced that they won't use software developed in countries like Russia due to security concerns. The safety and security of computer systems has become a huge thing with the massive hacking attacks have been taking place over the last year. I'm sure eventually the military will find tablets are suitably secure and will field them in multiple branches of the Armed Forces.

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