Pentagon chooses Italy, Turkey for maintenance of F-35 jet, engine

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Posted: Dec 11, 2014 12:28 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Defense Department on Thursday said it had chosen Italy to provide initial heavy maintenance of Lockheed Martin Corp's <LMT.N> F-35 fighter jet from 2018, and Turkey to provide heavy maintenance for the jet's engines.

Air Force Lieutenant General Chris Bogdan said the decision followed months of reviews and discussions. He said Britain would provide backup maintenance for the plane's airframe if needed. Norway and the Netherlands would provide additional engine maintenance capability over a phased period, he said.

(Reporting by Andrea Shalal; Editing by Alden Bentley)