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US Air force set to buy 18000 Apple iPad 2

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In what could be one of the biggest military orders for iPad 2 tablets, the USA Air Force is planning to buy up to 18,000 devices. With this order, Apple will be able to make deeper inroads into the federal government.

According to the notice posted on the Federal Business Opportunities website, “The service’s Air Mobility Command plans to issue a request for proposals to buy between 63 and 18,000iPad 2.

Captain Kathleen Ferrero, a spokeswoman for the command, said, “The goal is to replace the bag of manuals and navigation charts weighing as much as 40 pounds that are carried by pilots and navigators.”

The airline industry in the world has already switched to tablets. Almost all the major airlines are using tablets for providing access to pilots to manuals and navigation charts.

Apple, based in Cupertino, California, has been eating away at Waterloo, Ontario-based Research In Motion Ltd. (RIM)’s market share in the federal government market.

Only last year, the Department of Veterans Affairs had announced a plan to let its employees use iPhones and iPads to conduct official work on the agency’s network. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration this week said it would supply employees with iPhones.

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