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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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By Solandri on 5/18/2013 2:25:28 AM , Rating: 1
I'm a big Android supporter, but they're just going in order of device popularity. It's the logical order to do this.

Yes Android is more popular than iOS, but each device has to be approved individually. And the iPad/iPhone represent the biggest market share for a single tablet/phone.

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By Reclaimer77 on 5/19/2013 7:07:51 PM , Rating: 4
I'm a big Android supporter, but they're just going in order of device popularity. It's the logical order to do this.


Fact is the "hip little" tech company out of Cupertino is a monstrous lobbying firm with a ruthless reputation in the beltway. They've bribed and lobbied their way into the Department of Education and state level school-boards. Do you think schools are using Mac's and iPad's because they're "popular" or the best? Nope. Same with libraries. And now the US Government and military.

The Government isn't like a private business who would objectively choose a product based on popularity, or risk/reward metrics, or even return on investment. When the Government picks something, you KNOW it all came down to money and political gain.

Apple lobbied the hardest, threw the most money around, and made the most promises for kickbacks on the back-end. That's why the iPad was selected. That's why ALL their products get selected in the public sector.

RE: or
By Spuke on 5/20/2013 4:34:30 PM , Rating: 2
I could've sworn Android devices were cleared LONG before iPads were.

RE: or
By Reclaimer77 on 5/20/2013 9:56:16 PM , Rating: 2
There's a big difference between being "cleared" and placing an order for millions of iPad's.

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