Bill Sweetman

Bill Sweetman
Senior International Defense Editor,
Aviation Week & Space Technology

Bill's 40-year career as an aerospace and defense journalist has covered almost every aspect of the topic, from satellites to submarines, from infantry gear to classified ultra-stealthy bombers and from nano-UAVs to aircraft carriers. He was the first reporter to suggest that a funny Euro-Project called Airbus might be going somewhere, that the Eurofighter had a nasty streak in the low-speed, high-alpha envelope and that Boeing’s 7J7 and Sonic Cruiser were vaporware. Bill played a key role in breaking stories about the classified RQ-170 and RQ-180 UAVs, and the still-secret stealth helicopter used in the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound in May 2011.
 
He is a regular speaker and international conferences, is frequently interviewed or cited as an authority on technical issues - stealth technology in particular - by U.S. and global media and is the leading independent expert on the Joint Strike Fighter program. Bill’s groundbreaking work on stealth received simultaneous and detailed attention from the CIA and the GRU, the Soviet military intelligence agency. 
 
The 2013 Jesse H. Neal award for Best Subject-Related Package was awarded to Bill and other members of Aviation Week's defense team for their package "Balance of Fear: Iran, Israel and the Calculus of War." The same package won the award for Best In-Depth Feature at the 2013 Aerospace Media Awards.
 
Bill has also received Aerospace Journalist of the Year awards from the Royal Aeronautical Society in 1997, 1999, 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2007.

Articles
Sweden Ready To Launch A26 Submarine Program 
The Baltic Sea is a tight, complex environment, and Saab’s new A26 submarine is designed to thrive there.
Opinion: JSF Push Blurs Lines Between Predecessors, Competitor  29
Service leaders are right to say that the F-35 is better than the aircraft they have today. But that’s not the whole story.
Advanced Electro-Optical System A Priority For F-35 Block 4  4
Key F-35 targeting system is playing catch-up with the competition—before it has even entered service—due to development delays.
Controversy Flares Over F-35 Air Combat Report  200
F-35 team downplays combat maneuvering test results. But is it time to write off the importance of classic performance parameters?
Saab Signs $1 Billion In Submarine Contracts 
Saab has signed contracts with Swedish defense material agency FMV covering the construction of two new A26 submarines and a major midlife upgrade for two Gotland-class boats.
Boeing, Saab Joint Work On T-X Trainer Seen Breaking 'Cost Curve' 
Boeing and Saab leaders could not sound happier about their joint work on the T-X trainer project, although the new design itself stays under wraps.
Thales Introduces TopMax Head-Worn Display For Business Jet Use 
Less than three years after acquiring an innovative line of helmet-mounted displays (HMD) from U.S. helmet-maker Gentex, Thales is offering the same technology for applications ranging from civil helicopters and business jets to the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor stealth fighter, including an a entirely new head-worn display called TopMax.
Podcast: The Paris Air Show: That’s a Wrap
From the Airbus A380 to satellites and a newfangled AirbusX6 helicopter, the Aviation Week team at Paris talks through the highlights of the show.
Opinion: Air Force Faces Tough Trainer Trades  22
The Air Force expects a multi-player competition over TX. But has it thought its brilliant plan all the way through?
Improved Targeting Pods Feature Greater Range, Sharper Images  1
Just when you think a device is reaching an evolutionary plateau, it keeps going to new levels of innovation.
Back To Basics for F-35 1
Weapons and upgrades could define the next era for the worldwide fighter market.
Back To Basics For The F-35  12
Weapons and upgrades could define the next era for the worldwide fighter market.
Thales Focuses On User Experience In Talios Pod 

LE BOURGET, France—Thales’ new Talios targeting pod should start flight tests on a fighter-type aircraft shortly, the company says, and development is continuing on schedule towards a 2018 service entry on the Dassault Rafale. 

Thales also is showing a related development: Image’Inn, a high-definition simulator that is being used to refine the pod’s operating modes and pilot interface.

Things That Go Boom On Display At The Paris Air Show 1
The missile market is growing. Bill Sweetman details some of the latest trends in the air-to-air, surface-to-air and loitering attack segments.
MBDA Could Deliver Weapon To Destroy Small UAVs By End Of Decade 1
MBDA says that it could deliver a working laser weapon to destroy small UAVs or rockets by the end of the decade.
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