Quite a few readers sent in an article today from Bloomberg BusinessWeek which claimed that the US Airforce was looking to buy 18,000 iPad 2’s to act as Electronic Flight Bags. It turns out that the Air Force is actually looking for "a minimum of 63 and a maximum of 18,000, iPad 2, Brand Name or Equal devices" which would throw PlayBook and Android devices into the mix. Sites like The Verge noticed this discrepancy and NextGov proceeded to correct their previous article. This was after Lt. Col. Glen Roberts, AMC public affairs director, said the command "is looking for a tablet device, not necessarily an iPad."
This makes me wonder if RIM is planning on making a serious play to the US government since they are still the only FIPS certified tablet. It would be a great way for RIM to bring in a lower price since the RFP notice on the government website states that they are using the “Lowest Price Technically Acceptable Source Selection Process” for choosing a vendor.
Either way its exciting to see that PlayBook OS 2.0 is finally going to let RIM seriously compete in the tablet space. The question is if they can leverage their business connections to double down on these opportunities.