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. 

CAE Launches Advanced New Anti-sub Sensor 
CAE will start delivering a magnetic anomaly detector—a technology commonly used for anti-submarine warfare—to an undisclosed customer by the end of next March.
U.S. Army Launches Sweeping Long-range Artillery Modernization Plan  4
Russian superiority on long-range projectiles and missiles spurs Army catch-up plan.
Paul Allen, Microsoft Co-founder, Space Launch Financier, Dies At 65  4
Allen’s death from non-Hodgkin lymphoma comes as one of his most cherished projects, the Stratolaunch air-launch system carrier aircraft, nears its long-delayed first flight.
Possible Chinook Cuts May Affect Army’s Dual-track Aviation Push 
Boeing fears that a major CH-47 upgrade could be delayed as the U.S. Army looks for budget savings.
Podcast: The U.S. Army Gets its Groove Back 2
The U.S Army has multiple modernization programs underway, including long-range precision fires, future rotorcraft and tactical UAVs. Listen in as our editors discuss.
Sandia’s Swerve Could Lead To First-gen Hypersonic Production Line  3
Pieces of the complex U.S. hypersonic development jigsaw are coming together as the Pentagon places reliance on heritage design for common-boost glide concept.
AeroVironment Pairs With Aerovel For FTUAS Bid 
AeroVironment has teamed up with Washington-based Aerovel to enter the small tactical unmanned aircraft systems market to compete for a U.S. Army contract for a new fleet of Group 2-class UAS.
First Production KC-390 Flies 
The milestone comes before the pending civil certification of the jet-powered, tactical tanker-transport aircraft by Brazil’s civil aviation authority, which is expected “very soon.”
Boeing Delivering Interim Fix For AH-64 Defect 
Boeing has delivered the interim fix, known as a fail-safe collar, to the U.S. Army and half of the program’s international customers so far to ensure the helicopter's rotor blades don't separate from the aircraft.
SB-1 Races To First Flight Goal Before January  1
A Sikorsky/Boeing team says the high-speed SB-1 prototype “remains on a path” to achieve first flight by year’s end.
Major CH-47 Upgrade On Chopping Block, Boeing Says  5
As the Pentagon forms its next budget request, U.S. Army acquisition officials have asked Boeing to describe the impact of delaying the initial operational capability milestone for the CH-47 Block II by five years, the company says.
Lockheed, Raytheon Vie For Patriot Radar Replacement 
The U.S. Army’s selection eliminates rival bids by Northrop Grumman and newcomer Technovative Applications to develop a significantly improved radar system for Patriot.
U.S. OKs ISR-Equipped King Air Sale To Canada 
The U.S. has OK'd the sale of three intelligence-gathering King Air 350ER aircraft to the Canadian military.
U.S. Army Funds Demo For Raytheon/Saab Guided Munition 
A Raytheon/Saab team will demonstrate in 2020 a new guided munition now in development for the Carl-Gustaf shoulder-launched missile launcher.
U.S. Navy Readies F/A-18E/F, EA-18G Display Upgrade 
The U.S. Navy is close to awarding Boeing a contract to deliver a redesigned cockpit for the Block III version of the F/A-18E/F and EA-18G aircraft.
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