Tony Osborne

Tony Osborne
London Bureau Chief,
Aviation Week & Space Technology

Based in London, Tony covers European defense programs. Prior to joining Aviation Week in November 2012, Tony was at Shephard Media Group where he was deputy editor for Rotorhub and Defence Helicopter magazines. Tony has covered avionics, unmanned vehicles, the supply chain and cyberwarfare.

 

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Bristow Prepares Contingency Plan For Delayed AW189s 

LONDON — Helicopter operator Bristow Group has confirmed it has purchased a pair of AgustaWestland AW139s as part of a contingency plan against delays in the certification of the search-and-rescue capable AW189.

The two aircraft have been built by AgustaWestland in Italy as concerns grow about the availability of the new intermediate heavy AW189 to service Bristow’s so-called Long SAR contract with the U.K. Department of Transport.

U.S. Navy Could Fly Super Hornets Beyond 2040, Rear Admiral Says 

LONDON – The U.S. Navy could fly its Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornets beyond 2040, a senior officer says.

Speaking at the International Fighter Conference in London on Nov. 20, Rear Adm. Michael Manazir, the Navy’s director of air warfare, told delegates that by simply extrapolating the longevity of the current fleet of U.S. Marine Corps legacy Hornets, which are due to exit the inventory in 2030, it was likely that some F/A-18E/Fs and also EA-18G Growlers could still be flying 40 years after they entered service.

U.K. Signs Up For First Batch Of Four F-35s 

LONDON – The U.K. defense ministry has formally signed up for its first batch of four F-35B Joint Strike Fighters, following the finalization of production agreements between Lockheed Martin and the U.S. Defense Department.

U.S. Navy Could Fly Super Hornets Beyond 2040, Rear Admiral Says 
The U.S. Navy could fly its Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornets beyond 2040, a senior officer says.
Bristow Prepares Contingency Plan For Delayed AW189s 
Helicopter operator Bristow Group has confirmed it has purchased a pair of AgustaWestland AW139s as part of a contingency plan against delays in the certification of the search-and-rescue capable AW189.
U.K. Signs Up For First Batch Of Four F-35s 
The U.K. defense ministry has formally signed up for its first batch of four F-35B Joint Strike Fighters, following the finalization of production agreements between Lockheed Martin and the U.S. Defense Department.
NATO Responds To Provocative Russian Probe Flights 
Russian encounters with civilian and NATO aircraft on the fringes of Europe appear aimed at testing the alliance’s solidarity and resolve
Afghan Watchkeeper Deployment Tested UAV’s Mettle 
Battle-tested Watchkeeper UAV proved its worth in Afghanistan, and the British Army is now seeking to futher augment its capabilities
Radar Contract A Critical Milestone For Typhoon 
Radar agreement expected to help propel the aircraft into the 4.5-generation category.
Lack Of Funds, Training Affects Ukrainian Air Force Losses 10
A lack of training, flying hours and funding have directly contributed to the high level of losses experienced by the Ukrainian air force as it battles Russian troops in the eastern part of the country.
Colombia Wants New Fighters, AEW Capability 
Colombian officials hope to replace their IAI Kfirs with a new aircraft in the class of the McDonnell Douglas/Boeing F/A-18 Hornet, General Dynamics/Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon, Dassault Mirage 2000, or the Sukhoi Su-30.
Canadian Withdrawal From NATO AWACS Results In Fleet Shrinkage 
Until the country’s flag was lowered at the NATO E-3 operating base at Geilenkirchen, Germany, in July, Canada had been the third-largest contributor to the program, providing four complete flight crews.
 
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