Italy, as you know, like much of the world's countries, is going through some rough economic times. So there is a lot of debate about their budget. Italy's defense minister, Mario Mauro, said recently, that Italy has no plans on cancelling it's purchase of 90 F-35s. His reasoning is both logical and compelling and brings us to the quote of the day:
"They are 90 combat jets that will replace 256 obsolete aircraft that will be retired, and our newest fighter is now 30 years old," Mauro said in an interview with state television RAI.While it is the Italian Defense Minister saying it, the fact is pretty true about most of the airforces of our allies. It's another reason that the JSF is so important to the US and allied nations, given what is being developed in China and Russia, both in 5th generation aircraft and air defense systems. Without it, many airforces are reduced to 2nd rate self-defense forces which wouldn't last long against a concerted attack by a more sophisticated enemy.