The new tanker aircraft ordered by the Brazilian Air Force this Spring, is getting close to delivery. Manufacturer Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) just finished its first month of flight testing the Boeing 767-300ER MMTT with a fly-by-wire boom refuelling system.
The Multi-Mission Transport & Tanker aircraft can carry more than 200,000 lbs of fuel plus troops and/or cargo pallets. IAI is using second-hand airliners for the job, which so much service life left that the transformation into in-flight refueller is said to be cheaper than the purchase of new aircraft. The Israeli’s even work on incorporating electronic and signals gathering equipment and Airborne Command & Control stuff into the plane, so it’s tasks can even be broader than just cargo and transport.
While the Força Aérea Brasileira has ordered two IAI/Boeing 767-300ER MMTTs to replace its KC-137 fleet already decommissioned in October 2013, the base concept the Brazilians will get has been proven already by the Colombian Air Force. The Fuerza Aérea Colombiana have been flying an older 767-200ER MMTT since 2012, and it even served as presidential VIP plane. The Colombians are said to be happy with its performance during international military exercises.
© 2014 Airheadsfly.com editor Marcel Burger, based in source information provided by IAI