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.


Sweden Hunts Submarine In Territorial Waters 

LONDON—The Swedish armed forces are in the midst of a major operation in the waters of the Stockholm archipelago after “credible sightings” of a possible submarine.

The naval operation, which began on Oct. 18, comes after what officials describe as “several credible sightings” of an object at three different locations in the region.

Senior officers said the Swedish navy was “seeking to confirm foreign submarine operations.”

Embraer Preparing KC-390 First Flight By Year’s End 2
Embraer is preparing for a first flight of the KC-390 military transport before year’s end, following the rollout of the first prototype.
Gecas To Buy Helicopter Lease Firm Milestone 

GE Capital Aviation Services (Gecas) has announced it plans to acquire helicopter-leasing specialist Milestone Aviation Group in a takeover valued at $1.775 billion.

The deal, announced on Oct. 13, is likely to shake up the fledgling helicopter-leasing business that was essentially re-booted in 2010 by the formation of Milestone, led by former NetJets CEO Richard Santulli.

The takeover is subject to closing conditions and regulatory approvals, but both parties hope to close in 2015.

50 EC225s Now Flying With Redesigned Shaft 

LONDON – Airbus Helicopters says it is rapidly rolling out its redesigned bevel gear vertical shaft for the EC225, seven months after its was certified by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).

Some 50 EC225s and EC725s are now flying with the new component following its certification on April 22, accumulating around 5,000 flying hours.

Upgraded Typhoons Enter U.K. Service 
Fifteen U.K. Royal Air Force (RAF) Eurofighter Typhoons have been upgraded with new hardware and software by BAE Systems, giving the aircraft new ground attack capabilities.
Russian Helicopters Flies Fourth Prototype Mi-38 
Russian Helicopters has completed ground tests and the first flight of the fourth prototype of its Mi-38 heavy helicopter.
Sweden Hunts Submarine In Territorial Waters 
The Swedish armed forces are in the midst of a major operation in the waters of the Stockholm archipelago after “credible sightings” of a possible submarine.
Procurement Problems Add To Germany’s Armed Forces Woes 
German military dealing with persistent readiness and procurement issues
Inmarsat Details The Forensic Search For MH370 4
The search for MH370 has resumed with refined Inmarsat data in play, although skeptics maintain that searchers still do not have all the information they need
U.K. Redeploying Reapers From Afghanistan To Iraq 
The U.K. Defense Ministry is redeploying several of its General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper unmanned air vehicles to support operations against Islamic State (IS) militants in Iraq
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