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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 WinstonSmith on 5/18/2013 10:21:03 AM , Rating: 0
"The iPads eliminate the need to print thousands of flights manuals on paper, which proves to be heavy on planes."

I wonder how well an iPad resists EMP.

or

"Headline 18 May 2020: China attacks after all USAF flight manuals wiped out by timed malware."




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By seeker353 on 5/18/2013 11:24:36 AM , Rating: 4
If their aircraft gets hit with an EMP, I don't think their iPads breaking will be their primary concern.


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By inperfectdarkness on 5/18/2013 2:30:34 PM , Rating: 2
At least some of the jets in the USAF inventory are designed to withstand EMP. I would infer that this means that the interior of the jet would be relatively unaffected by it as well.

I wonder how difficult that actually is? I wouldn't think turning a jet into a flying faraday-cage would be that difficult.


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By Tony Swash on 5/18/2013 9:07:01 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
or

"Headline 18 May 2020: China attacks after all USAF flight manuals wiped out by timed malware


iOS doesn't get malware only Android get's malware. Hence the decision to go with iPads.


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By Tony Swash on 5/19/2013 8:12:31 AM , Rating: 1
What's safer a town with an active police force that occasionally makes mistakes or a town with no police force?

What's safer a security company that vets people before it employs them but occasionally and rarely misses something or a security company that that does not bother to vet people before it employs them?

Android's malware problems are several orders of magnitude worse than iOS. When it comes to malware open really does beat closed :)


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By Cheesew1z69 on 5/19/2013 9:16:20 AM , Rating: 2
Anything to skirt the issue that you are wrong. It's quite amusing.

How you expect anyone to take you seriously is beyond me.

"android gets all the malware, ios gets none"

I link proof to show you are wrong, as usual, and you go on your usual bullshit.

You are wrong, end of story.

You really should go troll where people might care what you have to say.


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