The U.S. Air Force has awarded an US$9.36 million contract to buy as many as 18,000 iPad 2s in one of the military’s largest orders of tablets, reports “Bloomberg” (

Air Mobility Command announced the award to Executive Technology., a Phoenix-based computer services company, Captain Kathleen Ferrero, a military spokeswoman, told “Bloomberg” in a telephone interview. The service will use the iPads to replace the bags of paper manuals and navigation charts carried by pilots and navigators.