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
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.
MBDA Could Deliver Weapon To Destroy Small UAVs By End Of Decade 
MBDA says that it could deliver a working laser weapon to destroy small UAVs or rockets by the end of the decade.
Thales Focuses On User Experience In Talios Pod
A new targeting pod from Thales is aimed at helping pilots manage advanced sensors.
Thales Unveils Head-Worn Display for Business Jets
Introducing helmet-mounted displays for business jets.
Thales Has Eyes On Target
Just when you think a device is reaching an evolutionary plateau, it just keeps going instead.
It’s Déjà Vu All Over Again
Aerospace: where some things change more than you can imagine and others don’t change at all.
Thales Focuses On User Experience In Talios Pod
Thales’ new Talios targeting pod should start flight tests on a fighter-type aircraft shortly, the company says.
T-X Trainer Grows Into Fighter Territory 1
A trainer doesn’t have to be the fastest, biggest or stealthiest aircraft ever, just predictable, reliable and economical. Air forces nevertheless have a long history of getting trainer programs wrong.
Boeing, Saab Joint Work On T-X Trainer Will 'Break 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.
Lockheed, Pentagon Revive F-35 ‘Block Buy’ Proposal 1
Export customers for the F-35 are being pushed to commit to a multiyear buy, as soon as next year. But some are far from ready to do so, and the proposal represents a departure from U.S. procurement policy.
Boeing Phantom Works May Unveil New Projects
Boeing Phantom Works president told a media group in May that the company’s secretive advanced-design-and-prototyping unit would unveil some previously undisclosed programs this summer.
Boeing Considers Upgraded A-10 Exports
Boeing is exploring the international market for a modernized and re-engined A-10 Warthog if the U.S. Air Force retires the aircraft.
Arming the Fighter  1

Fighters are weapon platforms, and adding new or better weapons is essential if an operator is to make best use of the massive initial investment in the airplane.

The choice of weapons has never been wider, reflecting different national approaches to mission requirements, but as we see in the following pages, the high cost of integrating missiles means that not everything is available on every aircraft.

Opinion: Time To Define The F-35 Upgrade Plan  19
The Pentagon has many ideas about running the F-35’s upgrade program. It needs to pick one and stick with it.
Worldwide Fighter Market, 2015-25
Fighter aircraft orders are seldom predictable, but an Aviation Week analysis suggests that competitions over the next decade could result in sales of 400-600 aircraft.
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