Steve Trimble

Defense Editor,
Aviation Week Network

Stephen covers military aviation, missiles and space for the Aviation Week Network, based in Washington DC. 

Born in a U.S. Air Force family, he grew up on military bases around the world and came to Washington DC in 1997 to work for Army Times Publishing Co. as a journalist. Stephen helped launch the portal in 2000, then joined the editorial team for Aviation Week’s web site in 2001. He reported on the Pentagon for Aerospace Daily in 2002 and 2003. 

From September 2003 to September 2018, Stephen covered defense and aviation issues and managed staffs as the US bureau chief for Jane’s Defence Weekly and later FlightGlobal. He has covered aviation stories on six continents and several multiple awards, including most recently the 2017 Aerospace Media Awards honor for Best In-Depth Feature on the effort to revive Russia’s commercial aviation industry. 

Japan Calls For STOVL Fighters, Plan For 42 F-35Bs Reported 
A national security meeting of Japan’s ruling party has called for the acquisition of shipboard fighters capable of short takeoff and vertical landing (STOVL).
Boeing Withdraws As Canada Narrows Trainer Bids To Six 
Boeing has decided not to join a group of six other newly identified companies bidding for a contract to supply the Canadian military with aircrew training services.
Russia To Remove Bombers From Venezuela, White House Says 
Russian military aircraft that were deployed to Venezuela on Dec. 10 will return to their home bases after a brief and controversial visit, the White House says.
IRBM Kill Clears SM-3 IIA For Aegis Ashore Upgrade 
A successful test by an SM-3 IIA on Dec. 10 checks several boxes in the U.S. Missile Defense Agency’s plans to deploy Aegis Ashore batteries in Europe and Japan.
Lockheed Tie-Up Gives Airbus Tanker A Second Chance at U.S. Market  4
The move marks the next battle in the long-running tanker aircraft competition, as three of the biggest aerospace companies fight for a key market.
Swelling Tactical Missile Demand Reverses Long-Declining Production  1
The higher demand comes from U.S. allies and the Pentagon, as it seeks to regrow missile stocks after years of sequestration budget caps.
F-35 Approved To Start Formal Initial Operational Test And Evaluation  5
The approval ends a 16-month delay to the start of the stealthy fighter's formal initial operational test and evaluation program.
U.S. Starts 60-Day Notification Period To Exit INF Treaty 
The U.S. State Department has started a 60-day notification period to formally withdraw from the 31-year-old Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty.
Airbus, Lockheed Revive A330 MRTT Bid To USAF 
Airbus and Lockheed Martin have teamed up in the air refueling market to offer services for the USAF and other militaries and “conceptualize” a next-gen tanker.
Spain To Join France, Germany On Future Fighter 
Spain plans to invest €25 million ($28 million) in a two-year study with France and Germany to define an early concepts for the manned fighter component of a Future Combat Air System.
Slovakia Moves F-16V Deal Forward Amidst Confusion 
Slovakia’s ministry of defense has signed technical agreements to begin a process to acquire 14 Lockheed Martin F-16V aircraft.
Lockheed Launches Low-Cost Naval UH-60 Amidst LatAm Push 
The "coastal patrol" UH-60 would be a low-cost alternative to the U.S. Navy’s more advanced MH-60R.
Lockheed Awarded Contract For Hypersonic Booster Demo 
Lockheed Martin Space will demonstrate a new booster for a submarine-launched, intermediate-range hypersonic weapon.
USAF Growth Strategy May Include 400% Increase For EW 
A USAF plan to grow by 74 operational squadrons over the next 12 years may include a 400% increase in units dedicated to the electronic warfare mission.
Russian Anti-Ship Missile, U.S. Response In Race To Fielding 
A new Russian anti-ship missile and one of its likely U.S. countermeasures are racing to be fielded at sea by the end of next year.
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