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
Saab Closes Deal To Buy TKMS Submarine Yard 
The 340 million kronor ($50 million) sale will create a new unit within Saab, charged initially with building and upgrading submarines for the Swedish navy.
Opinion: Eurosatory Highlights Include Aerostats, Mobile Mortars
Ground force technology aims at mobility
First Boeing Tanker Late To Flight 
A further round of ground testing is being prepared for the first test aircraft as the program deals with issues ranging from faulty seals in the fuel system to integration and software difficulties.
Boeing Maritime Surveillance Aircraft To Make Farnborough Debut 

SEATTLE – Boeing’s new Maritime Surveillance Aircraft, based on a Bombardier Challenger business jet, is to make its first public appearance at the Farnborough air show, the company says.

Since its first flight tests in February, the MSA demonstrator has been here for the installation of its full sensor and display suite. At Farnborough, the Flir Systems 380HD electro-optical sensor package will be operational and the functioning of other sensors will be simulated for potential customers.

Boeing Maritime Surveillance Aircraft To Make Farnborough Debut 
Boeing’s new Maritime Surveillance Aircraft, based on a Bombardier Challenger business jet, is to make its first public appearance at the Farnborough air show, the company says.
Uclass ‘Strategic,’ Boeing Defense Leader Says 
Winning the U.S. Navy’s Unmanned Carrier Launched Surveillance and Strike (Uclass) program is a “long-term strategic play” for Boeing, according to Chris Chadwick, president and CEO of the company’s defense, space and security division,
Poland Offered Equal Share In Meads 

PARIS — Lockheed Martin and MBDA are proposing that Poland should take a one-third share of the Medium Extended Air Defense System (Meads), along with Germany and Italy, if it selects the system as the main element of its Shield of Poland air defense missile program.

The companies are also trying to get both Germany and Italy to commit to full development and production of Meads before current U.S. development funding runs out around the end of this year.

Opinion: GenCorp’s New-Rocket Plan Raises Questions 7
Does the U.S. need a new rocket engine?
Japanese Industry Makes Defense Show Debut 
For the first time in more than 70 years, Japanese companies are present at a major international defense show displaying military products and technology.
Poland Offered Equal Share In Meads 
Lockheed Martin and MBDA are proposing that Poland should take a one-third share of the Medium Extended Air Defense System (Meads), along with Germany and Italy, if it selects the system as the main element of its Shield of Poland air defense missile program.
New 8x8s, Landing Craft Key In Marine Acquisitions 

Waking up to the realities of anti-access warfare and acknowledging that it will be many years before a high-speed, armored, tracked amphibious vehicle is a reality, the U.S. Marine Corps is looking at nearly-off-the-shelf equipment. At least two major new systems that might help fill that gap could stem from non-U.S. designs. 

Saab’s Path To Rapid Radar Development 

Radar operations have been part of Saab’s business since 2006, when Saab acquired Ericsson’s defense division. In 2010, it was combined with Saab’s electronic warfare and avionics business to establish today’s Electronic Defense Systems (EDS) unit. EDS produces the Giraffe multipurpose radar family and the Arthur weapon-locating radar, as well as electronic warfare systems for the JAS 39 Gripen. In May, Saab revealed a new range of radars based on gallium nitride (GaN) technology (AW&ST May 26/June 2, p. 65).

BAE Begins Upgrade Of South Korea F-16 
Commercial technology is being emphasized in South Korea upgrade
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