Italy will reduce an order for F-35 from 131 to 90 aircraft, said on February 15 speech to the Italian parliament Defense Minister Giampaolo Di Paola (Giampaolo Di Paola).
Lowering Italy Order 41 plane is part of a comprehensive reduction of the armed forces of Italy, due to the reduction of the military budget by 28 per cent in 2012 due to the economic crisis in Europe.
Speaking at a joint hearing of the Commission on the protection of defense of both houses of the Italian parliament, Di Paola said that Italy will also reduce the number of tanks, helicopters and artillery. Then he added, will be disbanded two army brigades.
There will also be reduced by the number of ships of the Navy, number patrol ships will drop from 18 to 10, and the number of submarines will decrease from 6 to 4.
Without giving additional disk imaging, Di Paola said that the number of fighters the Air Force Italy also reduced.
Di Paola said that the JSF is a very fundamental plane for Italy, which later will change outdated Tornado, AMX bombers and aircraft AV8. "Italy has already invested 2.5 billion euros ($ 3.29 billion) in this example program," — he said. "We intended to order 131 aircraft. Now revising applets led us to the decision to enjoy the 90 planes."
Will be reduced number military bases, and the number of troops in Italy will drop from 183,000 to 150,000. Civilian staff in the Ministry of Defence will be reduced from 30,000 to 20,000. The reduction in staff will take years, more than 10 years, said Dee Paola. Reduction personnel will be carried out by limiting the admission of new personnel and the transfer of staff to other local government agencies.
At a press conference on February 14 2012, the Di Paola said that the purpose of reducing staff will train senior officers Italy. "Less generals, admirals smaller, more operational capability and technology," — he said.