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.


Airbus Seeks To ‘Re-engage’ With A400M Customers 
Airbus is seeking to “re-engage” with its A400M customers after taking a €2.2 billion ($2.31 billion) charge due to ongoing delays and technical issues with the airlifter.
BAE CEO Stepping Down This Summer 
BAE Systems Chief Executive Officer Ian King plans to step down in June, after a nine-year reign at the top of the UK’s largest aerospace and defense firm.
BAE CEO To Step Down In June 
BAE Systems CEO Ian King will step down in June after a nine-year reign at the top of the UK’s largest aerospace and defense firm.
Russia, UAE To Partner On Fighter Development  19
Russia and the United Arab Emirates will partner on the development of a new fighter aircraft reportedly based on the MiG-29.
Embraer KC-390 Achieves First Dry Refueling Contacts  40
Embraer has completed the first dry refueling contact of a receiver aircraft with its KC-390 in a milestone test for the new airlifter’s aerial refueling system.
UAE Buying Additional Archangels 
Iomax is to deliver a further 12 Archangel light attack aircraft to the UAE armed forces.
Discovery Air Defense, Inzpire Team On UK Training Requirement 
The 15-year ASDOT requirement, expected to go to tender later this year, could be worth up to £1.2 billion and aims to deliver red-air aggressor and electronic warfare training under a single umbrella program.
Rolls-Royce's Seletar facility in Singapore tests Trent engines.
Rolls-Royce Reports Record Loss In 2016 
Rolls-Royce has recorded a £4.6 billion ($5.7 billion) loss for 2016, mainly due to the pound’s decline in value after the UK’s June vote to leave the EU.
Northstar Making First Steps Towards Armed Bell 429 
Northstar Aviation has begun initial studies on an armed variant of Bell’s 429 twin-engine medium helicopter to meet the needs of a Middle Eastern customer.
MBDA Offering Sea Venom to Replace AS15 Missile 
European missile manufacturer MBDA is looking to find a new market for the new Sea Venom lightweight anti-ship missile in the Middle East.
Belgium, Germany, Norway Signing Up for European Tanker Fleet 
The A330s will be pooled between the MMF member nation but based in Eindhoven with forward operating bases located in those countries. The idea is to regenerate and boost Europe’s inflight-refueling capabilities.
Airbus ‘Surprised’ By Austrian Eurofighter Allegations 
Austria has filed a criminal complaint against Airbus Defense and Space and Eurofighter claiming that the companies have been deceiving Austria over its purchase of Typhoon fighter jets.
Babel Fish Trials Prove Northrop Grumman Datalink 
The UK Royal Air Force has been testing a Northrop Grumman-developed airborne gateway system to covertly pass information between the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and the Eurofighter Typhoon.
Brazil To Decommission Aircraft Carrier 
Brazil has decided to decommission its single aircraft carrier, bringing into question the future of its navy Skyhawk fleet and the future development of a naval version of the Saab Gripen.
Germany To Buy Norwegian Naval Strike Missile  1
Germany will order the Kongsberg Naval Strike Missile (NSM) for its surface ships as part of a new strategic defense partnership between Oslo and Berlin.
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