Intelligent Decisions (ID) has been awarded a contract to deliver its rugged slate tablet computers for installation in US Air Force (USAF) bases worldwide, as part of its e-Tools programme.

The new order stems from a previous contract secured by the company in April 2011, to partner with Panasonic and deliver the Panasonic Toughbook 31 fully-rugged notebook and Toughbook 53 semi-rugged notebook to the USAF.

Under the contract, the company will supply the new Panasonic Toughbook H2 handheld tablet for use by USAF technicians as a single point of access to all required information on the flight line or during critical missions, enabling efficient management of maintenance operations.

Harry Martin, Intelligent Decisions president and CEO, said: ”The addition of the Panasonic Toughbook rugged tablets to our Air Force IT solutions set will help technicians on the flight line by providing a versatile, handheld alternative to mobile laptops.”

Tim Collins, Panasonic federal senior director, said: ”Using leading e-Tools applications from ID, our reliable Toughbook technology will enable the US Air Force to manage its global fleet in the most efficient way, and help our service men and women accomplish their mission every day.”

Running on a Windows 7 Professional operating system, the Panasonic Toughbook H2 is a rugged tablet designed to simplify aviation operations, such as flight line maintenance, quality assurance, planning, and documentation.

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The tablet features an all-weather design, a 10.1in daylight-readable touchscreen, built-in handle and hot-swappable twin batteries, and offers Wi-Fi, Bluetooth with optional 4G LTE or Gobi 2000 3G mobile broadband services.

According to the company, the tablets will provide the USAF technicians with an access to digitised versions of technical orders and manuals, as well as parts databases to troubleshoot and repair aircraft.

Toughbook H2 is scheduled to be integrated in the e-Tools programme with immediate effect and is scheduled to conclude in February 2013.