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.

Uclass Contest To Start In Weeks
The delayed and controversial request for proposals in the U.S. Navy’s Unmanned Carrier Launched Surveillance and Strike (Uclass) air vehicle competition should be out “within a couple of weeks,” according to Rear Adm. Mat Winter, the service’s program executive officer for unmanned aircraft and strike systems.
Saab: Advance On All Fronts
Four years after taking on the job, Saab’s CEO is optimistic about the company’s outlook.
British ASW: Spoiled for Choice
The collapse of Britain’s long-range antisubmarine warfare fleet has set off a scramble among contractors to fill the gap.
Scorpion Aimed At Unique Air Combat Niche 2
My first reaction to photos of the Textron Airland Scorpion was not positive, I will admit.
Taranis Trials LO Capabilities
BAE Systems says it is negotiating with the U.K. defense ministry on the potential of a third round of test flights for its Taranis unmanned combat air vehicle (UCAV) demonstrator.
Saab Eyes British ISR Needs
Saab is gearing up to offer both maritime patrol and airborne early warning systems to the Royal Air Force, based on the Saab 2000 platform.
Maiden Flight Due Next Year For Boeing Tanker 

Only four years ago, Boeing and Airbus were in a bitter fight for the largest contract for aerial refuelers to come on the scene for at least a decade.

Opinion: The Waning U.S. Lead In Defense

Boeing briefed reporters on the U.S. Army-led Joint Multi-Role rotorcraft project (photo) in Mesa, Arizona, late last month.

Meteor, Cruise Missiles Top Europe’s Shopping List
Fighters rearm for the 2020s and beyond
Why Euro-Canards Are Still A Factor
Modernizing Europe’s premier combat aircraft
Boeing Maritime Surveillance Aircraft To Make Farnborough Debut 
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.
New Avionics For Gripen, Typhoon And Rafale 4
Europe revamps fighter systems and sensors
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