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.


New Seeker Could Put Tomahawk In Long-Range Anti-Ship Missile Race 
Raytheon is upgrading its Tomahawk missile to ready it to compete for the pending U.S. Navy’s Offensive Anti-Surface Warfare requirement.
Sikorsky Threatens Withdrawal From Polish Helo Tender 
In a letter sent by Sikorsky’s president Mick Maurer to the Polish defense ministry on Oct. 27, the company states that the program's current terms "preclude us from participating in the procurement procedure."
F-35 Engine Issues Influenced U.K. Order 
"After the technical issues this summer, we wanted to be sure those would be resolved before we concluded the order," said Philip Dunne, U.K. minister for defense equipment, support and technology."
NATS And Thales Grab U.K. Defense Air Traffic Management Contract 
A consortium of Thales and U.K. air navigation service provider National Air Traffic Services (NATS) has secured a contract to modernize and rationalize air traffic management at military airfields operated by the U.K. Defense Ministry.
Brazil Signs Gripen Contract 

LONDON—The Brazilian defense ministry has formally signed the $5.4 billion deal to purchase the Saab Gripen fighter, which it selected in its F-X2 competition.

The contract, signed between Saab and the Brazilian air force’s Aeronautics Command (Comaer) on Oct. 24, is for 36 new-generation Gripens, comprising 28 single-seat and eight twin-seat aircraft.

Contract signature came just two days before Brazil’s Oct. 26 presidential election, which saw incumbent president Dilma Rousseff returned to power after a narrow win in the polls.

Raytheon Testing New Tomahawk Seeker 
Raytheon is testing new passive and active seekers for its Tomahawk cruise missile that could help put it in the running for the U.S. Navy’s long-awaited Offensive Anti-Surface Warfare requirement.
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Oct 30, 2014

Daylight Reveals Post-Antares Damage At Wallops

NASA’s Wallops Incident Response Team has reported on its initial assessment following the catastrophic failure of Orbital Science’s Antares rocket shortly after liftoff on Oct. 28, from Pad 0A of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia....More
Oct 30, 2014

Gabon Buys 12 Aravis

Gabon has become the third client for the 4x4 Aravis made by French defence company Nexter, after signing a contract on 29 October to procure 12 of these 12.5 ton heavily armoured vehicles....More
Oct 29, 2014

Poland and Germany Deepen Army Cooperation

Polish Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Tomasz Siemoniak and German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen signed a statement of intent to increase Polish-German army cooperation on the fringes of the annual Bundeswehr conference in Berlin on 29 October. German Ministry of Defense photo by Thomas Imo...More
Oct 28, 2014

Virtual Training

The Euronaval show in Paris this week is not one where one expects to see demonstrations of people wearing strange electronic gadgets and sensors. That is usually reserved for homeland security shows such as Milipol or air-land shows such as Eurosatory....More
Oct 28, 2014

Turnkey Not Smorgasbord

In the competition for the most futuristic looking vessel at the Euronaval show being held this week in Paris I would put the clear front runner as the Fast Attack Craft on the Saab stand....More

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