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IAI ready to flight test Colombia's 767 tanker

Israel Aerospace Industries expects to launch flight-testing in early August with a Boeing 767-300 that has been converted to a tanker for the Colombian air force.

IAI won a contract in 2008 to convert the commercial airliner to serve as an in-flight refuelling aircraft and VIP transport for Colombia. It will be delivered before the end of the year.

The company acquired the used 767 and has converted it with a hose and drogue refuelling system.

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IAI has also offered a 767 version (artist's impression, above) equipped with a tail boom for requirements in nations such as Poland.

Colombia operates one Boeing 707 tanker, as listed in Flightglobal's MiliCAS database. IAI is also upgrading the nation's Kfir fighters, and delivering additional, ex-Israeli air force examples under a separate contract.

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