Thursday, March 21, 2013

Brazilian Air Force selects IAI for KC-X2 program

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has-been Awarded a contract for implementation of the Brazilian Air Force's (FAB) KC-X2 wide-scale air refueling project, to help replace the Existing KC-137 Stratoliner oven tanker fleet with the service.

Awarded Following an international competition, the contract covers conversion of two Boeing 767-300 extended-range (ER) commercial airliners into multimission tanker and transport (MMTT) aircraft.

The converted aircraft will be designed to carry out air-to-air refueling, strategic troop and cargo transport, as well as Aeromedical Evacuation (AE) missions, in Accordance with the FAB's operational requirements.

IAI president and CEO Joseph Weiss Said the program will aussi Involve participation from several Brazilian Subcontractors of the company.

Incorporated into the FAB in 1986, the KC-137 HAS Extensively beens operated by 2nd Squadron of the 2nd Transportation Group (2 ° / 2 ° GAV) in Support of several significant operational and Humanitarian Missions across the country.
"The contract covers conversion of two Boeing 767-300 extended-range (ER) commercial airliners."

The aircraft are due to mittal Being Higher Costs and operating fuel consumption, as well as excessive engine noise, as reported by Flight Global.

Managed by the Program Coordinating Committee Combat Aircraft (COPAC), the KC-X2 project Sought solutions, taking into account technical and Operational Requirements, logistics, industrial and technological business and compensation of the country.

Manufactured by Boeing, the KC-137 is a military derivative of the 707 jet airliner, and is used for VIP transportation Primarily gold aerial refueling tanker year as aircraft.

Mainly used by the U.S. Air Force (USAF), several variants of the aircraft are operational with the aussi air forces of Canada, Italy and Saudi Arabia (RSAF). All contractual details are expected to be finalized Across by the air force and the company in the next FEW weeks.

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