Amy Svitak

Amy Svitak
Paris Bureau Chief,
Aviation Week & Space Technology

Amy is Aviation Week's Paris bureau chief and covers European space and defense programs and the commercial satellite telecom industry.


Amy has reported extensively on space and defense programs in the U.S. and Europe, covering the final days of NASA's space shuttle program and the emergence of entrepreneurial space companies seeking a foothold in the commercial market. In defense, Amy closely covered the U.S. Air Force aerial refueling tanker competition during the administration of George W. Bush, the largest procurement scandal in the service's recent history. She also followed the proceedings of the 9/11 Commission and the creation of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.


Raised in a small town in central Arizona, Amy covered community and education issues for the state's largest daily newspaper before moving to Washington in 1999. She worked as the international arms trade reporter and later the Capitol Hill correspondent for Defense News, spent three years covering U.S. national security spending for National Journal's Congress Daily and two years writing about NASA at Space News before joining Aviation Week in May 2011.

France Pursues Low-Cost, Reusable LOX/Methane Engine 
European planners are looking beyond the next-generation Ariane 6 to a completely new LOX/Methane engine that would dramatically lower production costs, with or without reusability.
European Governments Anticipate Military Spending Boost  1
After a nearly two-decade decline in European defense budgets, an increase seems likely, driven in large part by Russian aggression and the so-called Islamic State.
Lockheed Martin Wins Japanese Satellite Contract 
SKY Perfect JSAT Corp. (SJC) has awarded a contract to Lockheed Martin for the JCSAT-17 telecommunications satellite that will be based on the updated A2100 spacecraft bus.
Luxembourg To Invest In Asteroid Mining Initiative 
Luxembourg aims to become a hub of European space exploration under a new government-backed initiative that will promote the mining of minerals from asteroids and other near Earth objects.
Proton Orbits Eutelsat 9B Carrying European Data-Relay Payload 
A commercial launch of Russia’s Proton M/Briz M rocket successfully orbited the Eutelsat 9B communications satellite Jan. 29.
France Orders New C-130s From U.S. Air Force 
French defense procurement agency DGA has ordered four new Lockheed Martin C-130J Hercules airlifters from the U.S. Air Force in an effort to make up for capabilities shortfalls and delayed deliveries of the Airbus A400M.
Airbus Safran Launchers Finalizes Horizontal Integration For Ariane 6 
Airbus Safran Launchers (ASL), a joint venture of Airbus Group and Safran SA, has finalized the design of Europe’s next-generation Ariane 6 launch vehicle.
France In Talks To Modernize, Expand Tehran’s International Airport 
Aeroports de Paris and French industrial group Bouygues are in talks with Iranian authorities to update the only terminal at Imam Khomeini International Airport, and to potentially build a second.
OneWeb, Airbus Unveil OneWeb Satellites Joint Venture 
Airbus Defense and Space and OneWeb Ltd. have announced the creation of OneWeb Satellites, a 50-50 joint venture that will build a new global communications system comprising hundreds of Internet satellites circling in low Earth orbit.
Airbus Space Division To Report Surging 2015 Sales 
The space division of Airbus Defense and Space will report record sales for 2015, with orders for several telecommunications and Earth observation satellites, as well as 900 small spacecraft being developed for OneWeb Ltd.’s planned global-Internet constellation in low Earth orbit.
How ATR Will Weather Falling Oil Prices, Weaker Core Markets 
The world’s leading turboprop manufacturer saw a bumper year in 2015. But with softening markets in Asia and Latin America, and fuel prices hovering around $30 per barrel, Franco-Italian joint venture ATR is seeking new opportunities
France, India Sign Political Accord On Rafale Buy 
French President Francois Hollande and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi say they have reached a political agreement on the sale, but negotiations on price continue
France Expected To Choose Sagem’s Patroller Tactical UAV 
The French army and defense procurement agency DGA are preparing to purchase the Sagem Patroller tactical UAV.
State Department OKs $1.95 Billion For Iraqi F-16s Support 
As the U.S. and its coalition partners intensify the pace of airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria, the Pentagon plans to bolster Baghdad’s arsenal with nearly $2 billion in weaponry, equipment and logistics support for Iraqi F-16s.
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ATR Reaches $2 Billion In Revenue, Record Deliveries In 2015 
Franco-Italian turboprop manufacturer ATR achieved record revenue of $2 billion and delivered 88 aircraft in 2015, though demand for the fuel-efficient ATR 72 fell below expectations owing to a steep decline in oil prices and softening of key markets in Asia and Latin America.
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