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 confirmed it purchased two AgustaWestland AW139s as part of a contingency plan against delays in certification of the search-and-rescue capable AW189.

The two aircraft were 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.

NATO Faces AWACS Fleet Shrinkage 
NATO might be calling on its members to raise their defense spending, but if the alliance’s airborne early warning program is anything to go by, that message maybe falling on deaf ears.
Europe Moves Toward Tanker Fleet Buy 

LONDON – A project that could result in a European multination buy of aerial-refueling aircraft has taken a step forward with the signing of cooperation agreements.

The program started as a pooling and sharing initiative by the European Defense Agency (EDA) and is now being led by the Netherlands. It could result in joint procurement between several European states in what officials describe as a multinational, multirole tanker transport aircraft fleet (MMF) that could enter service by the end of the decade.

A400M Capability Delays Won’t Impact U.K. Operations
The U.K. Royal Air Force now looks unlikely to receive all four of the Airbus A400M airlifters it had planned on by the end of year
French Defense Ministry To Order MRTTs 
France is slowly replacing its aging Boeing KC-135Rs with Airbus A330 multirole tanker-transports, though defense budget constraints are hindering the transition.
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.

Europe Moves Toward Tanker Fleet Buy 
A project that could result in a European multination buy of aerial-refueling aircraft has taken a step forward with the signing of cooperation agreements.
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
 
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