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.


Britain’s Electorate Gives Short Shrift To Defense 
Britain’s defense was not a talking point of the electoral campaign, despite unease over Russia and other countries.
Aselsan Reveals Stand-Off Jammer Offer For Turkish Air Force 
Turkish defense electronics firm Aselsan has revealed details of the stand-off jammer aircraft it is offering to the Turkish air force.
TAI Close To Delivering First T129B ATAK Helos 
Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) is hoping to deliver the first B models of the T129 ATAK attack helicopter to the Turkish Land Forces by year’s end.
TAI Accelerating Hurkus Flight Tests 
Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) is accelerating flight tests of its Hurkus turboprop trainer as it pushes to get more advanced versions of the aircraft into service with the country’s air force.
Turkish Firm Debuts Ultralight 
Ankara-based THK Aircraft Company has unveiled the first ultralight aircraft to be built in Turkey.
Norway Seeks New Special Forces Helicopter Fleet 
The Norwegian government has issued a request for information (RFI) to helicopter manufacturers for a new fleet of up to nine aircraft to support the country’s special forces operations.
Slovakia Orders UH-60M Black Hawks 
The Slovakian government plans to order UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters as part of a modernization of the country’s armed forces.
European Tanker Program Close To Issuing RFP 15
The Netherlands, Norway and Poland will issue a request for proposals “in days” to Airbus Defense and Space, paving the way for a joint purchase of A330 multi-role tanker transport aircraft.
AW609 Enters Certification Testing Phase 
AW609 test pilots explore uncharted territory in the tiltrotor’s flight regime.
Thomas Cook Begins Flying Converted A330 Refueling Tanker 
British leisure airline Thomas Cook Airlines has begun passenger flights with an Airbus A330 converted from a multi-role tanker transport (MRTT) aircraft.
Norway Requests More Defense Spending 
The Norwegian defense ministry is requesting around $500 million of additional funding for defense to be spent on upgrades for armored fighting vehicles, the formation of an anti-aircraft brigade and infrastructure to pave the way for the introduction of the F-35.
Thomas Cook Begins Flying Converted A330 Refueling Tanker 
The airline used the A330—leased from the Airtanker consortium—on services to Punta Cana and Cancun, Mexico for the first time on May 1.
UAV Collision-Avoidance System Completes Flight-Test Campaign 
The MIDCAS (Mid Air Collision Avoidance System) consortium trials, supported by 11 companies from five European states as well government agencies, flew a series of avoidance maneuvers using a fusion of non-cooperative sensors and detection technologies when put on collision course with a manned aircraft, the EDA announced.
Russia, China To Agree On Heavy Helicopter In May 
Russia and China plan to sign an agreement on joint development of a new heavy transport helicopter in May, Russia Vice Premier Dmitry Rogozin says.
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