(ANSA) - 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.