Italy backs out of F-35 Testing

Italy Gives Up Test Role on JSF

Italy has given up the chance of taking part in a pending initial evaluation stage within the Joint Strike Fighter program, the apparent consequence of budget cuts.

While it remains a program partner, intending to buy up to 131 aircraft, and has invested in the development phase, Italy will no longer exercise an option to buy two low-rate production fighters which it would have used in the early testing and evaluation phase of the aircraft.

Britain and the Netherlands are the only partners taking place in the evaluation.