Getac has been awarded a contract for the supply of its Getac B300 fully rugged notebook computer to the US Air Force (USAF) as part of its quantum enterprise buy (QEB) programme.

The QEB selection follows the evaluation by the Air Force Information Technology Commodity Council (AF ITCC), which included testing vendor solutions for quality, performance, price and compatibility with the Air Force’s stringent security requirements.

Under the QEB contract, NCS Technologies will design, manufacture and deliver the rugged notebook computer to USAF.

The system features a 1400 NITs QuadraClear sunlight-readable LED display and a dual-battery configuration that delivers up to 30 hours of battery life.

The computer is MIL-STD-810G and IP65 compliant with a magnesium alloy case, shock-mounted hard drive, and sealed I/O caps and doors to prevent damage from solid particles and moisture.

The system can safeguard important data with a fingerprint scanner, Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 1.2 and an optional smart-card reader. The system also offers the choice of Bluetooth, WLAN, GPS and 3G with broad connectivity options.

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Deliveries under the contract are scheduled to take place immediately and continue until the end of June 2012.

The USAF QEB programme, effective since July 2004, aims to purchase desktop or laptop computers to simplify Air Force operations through the use of standardised system configurations in remote locations.

To date, over 1 million computers in the Standard Desktop Configuration (SDC) have been purchased by the Air Force under the programme at a cost of $297.3m.