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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

IAI Says Interest in 767-300ER Tanker Growing

Israeli Aircraft Industries says that there is growing interest in the conversion of Boeing 767-300ER airliners into aerial refueling tankers.

The company’s Bedek division has five customers for the conversion program and the first aircraft should enter service in 2017. Brazil is known to be one of those, having ordered two aircraft to replace the Boeing 707-based KC-137s the country’s air arm operated until October 2013.

Last August, IAI began flight testing an ex-American Airlines 767-300ER with an IAI-developed fly-by-wire refueling boom system, and it plans to carry out a series of trials with the boom during 2016.

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