The Brazilian Air Force Command has selected Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) to convert two Boeing 767-300ER commercial aircraft into military, multi-mission tanker and transport (MMTT) aircraft under project KC-X2. The two aircraft will replace four KC-137 (militarized Boeing 707) operating with the Brazilian Air Force since 1986.
The two MMTTs will support the Brazilian Air Force performing refueling, strategic troop and cargo transport, and aeromedical evacuation, according to the requirements formulated by the Brazilian Air Force. Each of the aircraft will be configured similar to the current KC-137 – with two refueling pods, used to refuel the current fighters operating with the Brazilian Air Force. It will also be compatible with any of the three fighters Brazil is considering for the future F-X2 program.
IAI is offering the Boeing 767 in a flexible configuration comprising hose and drogue pods, boom or both. IAI has already delived a Boeing 767 tanker to Columbia, where it received the nickname ‘Jupiter’. the MMTT was delived as part of Kfir C10 upgrade package. IAI is also offering its boeing 767 MMTT to Poland.
IAI has been 'selected' but has the contract been signed or is this just another Brazilian procurement nightmare ?
"On the bus, off the bus, hurry up and wait"
If decision took them 5 years i'd expect contract after 5 more years, and first delivery in 2019...
F-X2 is running since 2007, but original F-X started in... 2001. In Brazil they hurry slowly.
Some KC-390 are supposed to be equipped with refueling pod... but it's blurry future.
Originally Posted by Climber
I know its OT but Why people insist on calling Colombia, Columbia.......
IAI will convert Boeing 767-300ER jetliners into refueling, troop, cargo transport, and medical evacuation planes.
17 March 13 15:35, Yuval Azulai
Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd. (IAI) (TASE: ARSP.B1) has won a contract from the Brazilian Air Force to convert Boeing 767-300ER jetliners into planes for multi-mission planes refueling, strategic troop, cargo transport, and medical evacuation. IAI beat US and European companies in the tender. IAI declined to mention the size of the deal, but aviation experts told "Globes" that they estimated at $250-400 million, making it one IAI's largest ever contracts in Brazil.
Israeli sources told "Globes" that IAI will initially convert three Boeing 767s, and may later convert more planes. The planes will customized to Brazilian Air Force specifications, and will be delivered after IAI completes the lengthy and complex licensing process. The project will take several years to implement, under the Brazilian Air Force's KC-X2 program to replace four KC-137 (militarized Boeing 707s).
In a statement, IAI said that, in the coming week, company executives would confirm the contract's final details with Brazilian government and Air Force representatives. Sources involved in the deal said that most of the conversion work would be carried out by Brazilian subcontractors of IAI.