The Italian government says the country will not buy any more F-35 stealth fighter jets from the United States and will review an existing order based on which it is already committed to purchase 90 of the planes.
Italy’s Defense Minister Elisabetta Trenta made the announcement in an interview with private broadcaster La 7 on Friday in which he ruled out new contracts with Washington for the purchase of Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter jets. He also said the order for 60 F-35A and 30 F-35B jets – as per an agreement signed in 2012 – would be placed under review.
“We won’t buy any more F-35s,” Trenta said in the interview, adding that the money –estimated to be €14 billion altogether – could be better spent to boost welfare and help the sluggish economy.
“We are assessing what to do regarding the contracts already in place,” the Italian defense minister from the Eurosceptic Five Star Movement said, noting that while her party has…