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It will save $5.7 million annually

The U.S. Air Force is making use of iPads instead of heavy flight manuals, and it's saving quite a bit of money in doing so. 

The Air Force said it would save over $50 million in the next 10 years thanks to its recent deployment of iPads. The iPads eliminate the need to print thousands of flights manuals on paper, which proves to be heavy on planes. 

According to Major Brian Moritz, Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) program manager, removing all of the paper alone results in $750,000 in fuel savings annually (since the extra weight requires extra fuel). Weight varies from 250 pounds in a four-person C-17 up to 490 pounds in a C-5 with 10 crewmembers. 

Add this to print and distribution costs, and Moritz said the Air Force is saving $5.7 million per year with the iPads. This equates to over $50 million in a 10-year period. 

The Air Force's Air Mobility Command (AMC) scored a $9.36 million contract to deploy 18,000 iPads. Today, AMC aircrews are using about 16,000 of those iPads while the other 2,000 are being distributed amongst other Air Force units. 

Aside from just cost savings, the iPads also prove to be helpful in finding information quickly. The keyword search alone helps pilots work more efficiently in emergency situations instead of searching through dense manuals. 

Apple has been working its way into the military through more than just iPads, though (and to more branches than just the Air Force). In March of this year, it was reported that the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) planned to purchase 650,000 iOS devices. This included 120,000 iPads, 100,000 iPad minis, 200,000 iPod Touches, and over 20,000 iPhones.

The purchase was to replace old BlackBerry handsets. 

Earlier this month, the DOD approved the use of Samsung smartphones running a secure version of Android called Knox. Other versions of Android and Apple's iOS are currently awaiting approval as well. These decisions are expected to be made by the end of May. 

Source: The Street

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not really news
By Argon18 on 5/17/2013 12:46:53 PM , Rating: -1
Organizations have been switching from paper to electronic documents since what, the 1980's? I remember downloading instruction manuals in ASCII from a dial-up BBS. This is not a new concept.

As for why they chose iPad over Android, probably because of the iPad closed ecosystem, it's easier to manage a large deployment and you don't have to worry about malware.

RE: not really news
By JDHammer on 5/17/2013 12:50:17 PM , Rating: 2
Still have to worry about malware either way. No PC / tablet / laptop / etc is immune.

RE: not really news
By messele on 5/18/2013 5:49:34 AM , Rating: 2
But some are more riddled with readily obtainable malware apps than others.

RE: not really news
By Piiman on 5/18/2013 10:08:25 AM , Rating: 2
And since the Airforce will probably have rules against loading Angry birds or anything not autorized, or anything at all, why would you even have to worry about Malware? Oh I know you're a ifanboy trying to act like Apple is pure.

RE: not really news
By WinstonSmith on 5/18/2013 11:07:11 AM , Rating: 2
Yes, there are rules against unauthorized software on DoD machines. However:

"U.S. military networks were attacked 6 million times in 2006, according to the National Security Agency. By 2010, there were 6 million attacks per day. Government officials this month acknowledged that 24,000 Pentagon files had been stolen in March during an organized cyber attack.

Experts agree China has at the very least stolen critical information about the U.S. government's defense industry, space program, China-related policy and military intelligence."

And see my question above about iPad EMP survivability which I'll bet is ZERO. Putting a critical EMP unprotected device with no paper backup in a plane designed to withstand EMP because in a war it could be exposed to EMP is just plain stupid.

RE: not really news
By Argon18 on 5/20/2013 11:58:36 AM , Rating: 2
who told you that? there certainly are platforms that are riddled with malware (anything microsoft), and then there are platforms where malware is exceptionally rare, and you can't find it if you tried.

RE: not really news
By Cheesew1z69 on 5/20/2013 7:25:32 PM , Rating: 2
I think your head is riddled with malware...

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