Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) drew on its experience in Air-to-Air Refueling and Cargo Conversion to develop and convert a Multi Mission Tanker Transport configuration based on the B767 Aircraft. The aircraft is configured simultaneously for air refueling, cargo, VIP, passengers and ISR systems as desired by operator. The aircraft includes a special cargo door and built-in cargo pallet capabilities. Passenger seats and consoles can be rapidly installed or removed.
The B767 conversion process converts pre-owned B767 aircraft into aerial tankers for a variety of different military missions, all with Air-to-Air refueling capabilities. Customers are offered multiple, flexible solutions to choose from, adapting the aircraft for cargo, VIP, passengers or intelligence systems, as desired. Each aircraft configuration includes a special cargo door and built-in cargo pallet capabilities, as well as passenger seats and consoles that can be rapidly installed or removed.
The aircraft is modified to cargo configuration under an existing approved Supplemental Type Certificate for the 767-300 special freighter supported and validated by airworthiness authorities. Military systems and mission equipment are installed and certified under FAA certification specifications confirming no interference with original systems. Full compliance of military systems and mission equipment to requirements are validated by IAI engineering and testing from a strength, fatigue, longevity, and maintenance perspective, without reduction in the operational life of aircraft or components. Continued airworthiness of the aircraft is assured, based on instructions for continued airworthiness for the B767-300 special freighter already approved by the regulatory authorities. We note that hundreds of IAI-converted freighters and tankers continue to fly and operate worldwide without airworthiness concerns, with no history of Airworthiness Directives, and with full operational support.
IAI has more than 40 years of experience in Air-to-Air refueling (AAR) solutions, having converted modified dozens of aircraft to AAR for more than 12 customers worldwide, including the Israeli Air Force. Their solution is compliant with NATO Air-to-Air Refueling Standards. In addition, they IAI have also converted more than 200 combat aircraft and helicopters as fuel receivers.
In converting passenger aircraft to Special Freighters for special missions, IAI has converted over 200 250 aircrafts to date, many with an unbeatable safety record and high utilization rates.
IAI also provides maintenance, engineering and logistics support. 24/7 aircraft-on-ground (AOG) desk services ensure that aircraft downtime is minimized. Proposals can also include an Integrated Logistics Support (ILS) package with, updated aerial refueling system documentation, ground support equipment, and initial spare parts for the systems implemented during the conversion process.
IAI’s Flight Operations Department has vast experience and know-how in training flight crews at its EASA Part 147-approved training center and will train and certify ground crew technicians in the areas of basic 767-300ER aircraft, avionics, air-to-air refueling systems under normal and abnormal/emergency procedures, and mission planning. Flight simulator training on a wide range of issues will be included at the outset of the program and on a recurring basis over the life of the aircraft.