Italy Plans Mixed JSF Fleet
21 Sep 2005
Italy decided to operate a mixed fleet of conventional and short take-off and landing (CTOL/STOVL) Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighters. Earlier Italy planned to acquire only F-35B STOVL variants to replace its Alenia/Embraer AMXs and Boeing AV-8B Harrier IIs, but now it also plans to acquire the conventional F-35A variant enabling the Italian Air Force to replace some of its Panavia Tornados as well.
The decision could increase Italy's JSF requirement from 130 aircraft to 200. This would strengthen Italy's position in the programme.
- Flight International.com