The Italian Air Force has decided to start negotiating with Boeing to purchase 6 new Boeing KC-46A (called KC-767B in Italy) to replace the current 4 KC-767A.
The aircraft currently on the line will be exchanged to Boeing.
The Ministry of Defence’s choice was made in order to rationalise the flight line as there was an initial requirement for 2 additional tankers to those currently in service.
The cost of the contract is about $1.3 billion, including support from Boeing for 5 years.
The Italian Ministry of Defence document is online HERE