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. 

ITEP Contracts Keep Teams Intact Through Source Selection 
The additional funding allows ATEC and GE to keep a small number of engineers working over the next six months on minor improvements to their competing engine designs.
F-35 Factory Copes With Growth Spurt As Lot 11 Negotiations Drag On  1
Can Lockheed Martin’s global production system meet ambitious delivery, pricing targets?
Affordability Initiative May Bring F-35 Price Under $80 Million 
Through two phases of its Blueprint for Affordability program, Lockheed Martin has saved $5 billion over the program life cycle with a $250 million investment.
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics’ Carvalho On Six Years Of Growth 
Driven by the F-35 and hypersonic programs, the defense contractor’s largest division sees 50% growth from 2012 to 2018.
Podcast: T-X Trainer Predictions And The Future of USAF 3
The upcoming T-38 replacement decision, future of the Joint Star replacement program, and the F-35’s massive production ramp-up are all big headlines rumbling under the surface. Listen in as Aviation Week editors discuss.
U.S. Blacklists Chinese State Arms Buyer Over Su-35, S-400 Deals 
The U.S. government has blacklisted the head of China’s military arms procurement organization and the agency itself for buying Russian Su-35 fighters and air defense systems.
J-Stars Demise Paves Way For Radical Shift In U.S. Air Force Strategy 
U.S. Air Force hits point of no return on multidomain operational strategy.
Skunk Works Talks Stealthy Aircraft Option For KC-Z  17
The latest Skunk Works concept is likened to Lockheed’s losing proposal for the U.S. Navy’s MQ-25 tanker program, but with some major differences.
Four-Man Crew For Upgraded B-52s Under Review 
U.S. Air Force is pondering further upgrades for the Boeing B-52H fleet, including a concept that reduces the crew to four positions and eliminates the below-deck workstations.
USAF Targets Light Attack Final RFP For December 
The Air Force anticipates delivery of light attack aircraft within roughly 18 months of contract award.
Pratt Offers Vertical Thrust Boost For F-35B 
Pratt & Whitney is offering to upgrade the vertical thrust component of Lockheed Martin F-35B's engine, offsetting the extra weight of proposed upgrades to the stealthy fighter’s mission systems.
Lockheed Martin Proposes IRST Upgrade For F-35  1
The company has developed a prototype of a next-generation belly-mounted camera tasked with identifying targets in the ground and in the air.
USAF Funds Lockheed’s ‘Half-Raam’ Missile Flights 
The flight tests will evaluate how the Cuda compares to the range and terminal phase maneuverability of the Raytheon AIM-120 Amraam.
Raytheon To Add Commercial, Space-Based Sigint To Dataset 
Hawkeye 360 is just the latest small satellite company to attract attention from the U.S. defense industry.
Lockheed Martin Awarded Contract for 22 GPS IIIF Satellites 
The fixed-price contract worth up to $7.2 billion came to Lockheed by default after Boeing and Northrop Grumman dropped out of the competition earlier this year.
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