Poland to launch tanker evaluation

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Poland will soon evaluate a Boeing 767 converted for use as a tanker/VIP aircraft by the Bedek Aviation division of Israel Aerospace Industries.

The move comes as the nation's air force looks to purchase two inflight refuelling aircraft to support operations with its Lockheed Martin F-16s. The requirement is contained within Warsaw's technical modernisation plan, to be completed by 2013.

The Polish air force will evaluate an aircraft based on the conversion made to a secondhand 767-200ER for the Colombian air force. IAI purchased the used aircraft and Bedek converted it with a hose-and-drogue refuelling system.

Sources expect Poland to also assess Airbus Military's A330 multi-role tanker transport.

IAI has, meanwhile, also briefed Brazilian air force officials about the 767 conversion, despite the service's intention to acquire Embraer's developmental KC-390 design.