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IAI flight tests B767 tanker with advanced fly-by-wire boom system

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IAI's Bedek Aviation Group's B767 during a FBW boom system test-flight

LOD (BNS): Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has recently performed successful test-flights on a B767-300ER aircraft equipped with an advanced Fly-by-Wire (FBW) boom system.

IAI's innovative concept is based on conversion of pre-owned 767 passenger aircraft. The low utilization rate of multi mission tanker/transport (MMTT) platforms compared to commercial passenger aircraft translates into a continued long-term service life at a considerably lower Life Cycle Cost than for new aircraft.

As part of the conversion a major part of the structure, wiring and systems are replaced, upgraded or refurbished.

IAI said new engines, new military avionics including a state-of-the-art glass cockpit and new self-protection systems can also be offered, tailored to the customer's specific requirements.

The operational and technological experience gained from IAF and IAI's other customers has been taken into consideration and utilized in the design and development of the new generation B767-300ER MMTT, it said.

An IAI B767-200ER MMTT has been converted for the Colombian Air Force (CAF) and is performing successfully in all CAF support missions which include: air-refueling, troop and cargo transport, and presidential (VIP) transport worldwide.

IAI is currently offering MMTT platforms based on converted B767-300ER. This version, with over 400,000 lbs MTOW, can carry over 200,000 lbs. of fuel, additional troops and extra cargo pallets, it said.

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