Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) have signed an agreement to transform passenger Boeing 767s to Multi Mission Tanker Transports (MMTTs).

In a statement to Janes, IAI said that the MMTT is based on “pre-owned B767 aircraft”.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the two companies on 6 April will cover not only conversion of the passenger aircraft to MMTTs but also conversion to freighters.

According to IAI, “The MMTT conversion is based on long years of accumulated know-how and experience in aircraft conversions.” Boaz Levy, president and CEO of IAI, added in a statement that the project will utilise “local [India] resources to manufacture and market the platform”.

HAL expects the project to provide India’s defence ecosystem with new capabilities and cost-effective solutions in the market. The company added that the project could bolster the ‘Make in India’ campaign.