The Italian government and Alenia Aeronautica are in negotiations on how to finance the domestic F-35 final assembly and checkout (FACO) facility in light of fiscal belt tightening brought on by the global recession. Details must be finalized by January to maintain the schedule of delivering the first F-35 assembled at the Cameri Air Base, Italy, facility by 2014, says Giovanni Bertolone, chief executive officer of Alenia Aeronautica. The facility is to be government owned but ...


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