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Bersani calls to lower Italian military spending on F-35

'We don't need fighter jets, we need jobs' says premier hopeful

Bersani calls to lower Italian military spending on F-35

Rome, January 22 - Democratic Party (PD) leader Pier Luigi Bersani and premier hopeful said Italy needed to reduce military spending on things such as the controversial F-35 fighter plane. "We absolutely need to revise and limit military spending on F-35s because our priorities are elsewhere," he told Italian television. "Our priorities are not fighter jets but jobs". Last year outgoing Premier Mario Monti announced plans to cut its order of Lockheed Martin's radar-evading F-35 fighter to 90 from the 131 the country agreed to buy in 2002. Italy's State-owned defence company Finmeccanica is involved in the project to build the F-35, which is estimated to cost $200 million per unit. The center-left PD is currently leading in polls.

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