TEL AVIV, Israel, Sept. 7 (UPI) -- Israel's Bedek Aviation Group has completed tests on a Boeing 767 aircraft it converted into a multi-role tanker for the Colombian air force.
The converted, pre-owned B767-200ER (Extended Range) aircraft has been equipped with two Wing Air Refueling Pods developed and manufactured by Israel Aerospace Industries, Bedek's parent company.
During the first 3.5-hour flight test, altitude, speed and Mach number were opened without any flutter or buffeting problems, the company said in a news release.
Additional in-flight refueling tests of a C10 Kfir fighter jet, also produced by IAI, also were successfully completed.
"These successful flight tests are an important milestone in this conversion," Bedek General Manager Eli Hattem said. "We are pleased to report that everything is progressing smoothly and (we) look forward to continuing to strengthen our ties with the Colombian government and its air force."
The company said the conversion took more than two years.
IAI noted it had been awarded a multiyear contract in 2007 to upgrade the Colombian Air Force's Kfir aircraft and in June of last year the first Kfir's were redelivered to the Colombians.