Israel Aerospace Industries has offered some air forces a deal that would enable them to have an aerial refuelling capability on a "power-by-the-hour" basis.

The plan is based mostly on the use of converted Boeing 767s to be operated either by a local airline or by Israeli pilots. It has been prepared for nations that cannot afford to buy their own tankers.

Negotiations are under way with air forces that have shown an interest in the proposal, says a senior IAI source.

In 2008, IAI won a contract to convert one secondhand Boeing 767-200ER as a tanker/transport and VIP aircraft for the Colombian air force. It delivered the aircraft last November after equipping it with a hose-and-drogue refuelling system.

Source: Flight International