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. 

Pro-F-35 Backlash Seen As USAF F-15X Proposal Details Emerge 
U.S. Air Force officials say F-15X plan poses no risk to F-35, but some lawmakers and experts fear the opposite.
UAE's New Armed UH-60 Makes Public Flying Debut 
The UAE Armed Forces opened the IDEX exhibition on Feb. 17 with a fly-past of the country’s recently inaugurated armed Black Hawk making its public flying debut at the show.
Rostec Confirms Operational Debut For Pantsir-M 
A new close-in anti-air weapon system for the Russian Navy has entered operational service “quite recently,” a senior Russian industry executive says.
New Ear Cup For U.S. Air Force Pilot Helmets To Help Counter Hypoxia  1
A new plan is forming to solve the plague of physiological episodes for military pilots by monitoring them like engines.
KAI Announces ‘First Cut’ Milestone For KF-X Production 
Korea Aerospace Industries unveiled the first structural component produced for the KF-X fighter during a Feb. 14 factory ceremony.
USAF Sets Plateau For Third LRASM Production Lot 
The U.S. Air Force has announced plans to buy 50 AGM-158C long-range anti-ship missiles from Lockheed Martin for the third lot of low rate initial production.
U.S. Army Opens Acquisition Phase For IM-SHORAD 
The U.S. Army has taken the first step to acquire four new battalions of ground-based defensive systems against fixed-wing aircraft, helicopters and large unmanned aircraft systems.
Altus AFB Training Unit Receives First KC-46 
Boeing delivered the fifth KC-46 aircraft to the U.S. Air Force on Feb. 8—the first to Altus AFB, Oklahoma.
Foreign AH-1Z Sale To Bahrain Awarded 
The U.S. Navy has confirmed a Foreign Military Sale with Bahrain for 12 Bell AH-1Z attack helicopters.
GE Claims Prized U.S. Army T700 Replacement Contract 
Army hopes to regain high ground with powerful new engine.
CSBA Analyst Calls For F-35C Redesign  19
A U.S. defense expert says the U.S. Navy should redesign the Lockheed Martin F-35C to perform a future role as a fleet defense fighter and long-range bomber escort.
New U.S. Defense Strategy Rekindles Demand For Anti-Ship Weapons  4
China’s growing seapower capabilities have fueled demand for modern maritime strike options.
Nigeria Releases Payment For A-29 Purchase 
The Nigerian government has released the funding to acquire 12 Sierra Nevada/Embraer A-29 Super Tucano light attack fighters.
Draken Expands L-159 Red Air Deployment 
Draken International deployed four Aero Vodochody L-159s to Eglin AFB, Florida, in January to expand adversary air support to East Coast bases for the first time.
Iran Unveils New Ground-Launched Cruise Missile 
Iranian military officials unveiled what they claimed was a new medium-range ground-launched cruise missile to mark the 40th anniversary of the founding of the Islamic Republic.
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