30 May '15, 8pm

Italian Budget Protects JSF Buy

Italian Budget Protects JSF Buy

Italy’s first locally built F-35A, which will also be the first jet operated by the Italian Air Force, prepares for its rollout from the Cameri, Italy, final assembly and check-out facility in March. (Photo: Larry Bramblett/Lockheed Martin) 7 CONNECT 20 TWEET LINKEDIN COMMENT EMAIL MORE ROME — Italy appears set to push ahead with its order of 90 F-35 joint strike fighters, and has said it will buy 38 by 2020, despite simmering pressure from politicians to trim the program. In its definitive budget plan for 2015, published in May, the Italian Ministry of Defense said it would spend €582.7 million (US $634.3 million) to maintain JSF purchases this year. So far, Italy has ordered eight F-35As, including three from low rate initial production (LRIP) lot 6 for delivery this year and next year, three from LRIP 7 for delivery next year, and two from LRIP 8 for delivery in 2017. I...

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