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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Netherlands Restarts NH90 Deliveries 

LONDON — The Netherlands government is restarting deliveries of naval versions of the NH90 helicopter six months after halting them over concerns about corrosion.

Defense Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert said new agreements were now in place with the aircraft’s manufacturer, NHindustries – a joint venture of AgustaWestland, Airbus Helicopters and Fokker – which gave her confidence that the corrosion issues would be resolved.

Pentagon Needs To Improve Cloud Development, IG Says 

LONDON — The Netherlands government is restarting deliveries of naval versions of the NH90 helicopter six months after halting them over concerns about corrosion.

Defense Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert said new agreements were now in place with the aircraft’s manufacturer, NHindustries – a joint venture of AgustaWestland, Airbus Helicopters and Fokker – which gave her confidence that the corrosion issues would be resolved.

Netherlands Restarts NH90 Deliveries 
The Netherlands government is restarting deliveries of naval versions of the NH90 helicopter six months after halting them over concerns about corrosion.
Airbus Delivers First EC175s To NHV 
The EC175 is finally in service, but is it facing an uphill struggle for more sales?
Drone Came Within 20 Ft. Of Airliner At Heathrow 

LONDON— A model helicopter or unmanned air vehicle came within 20 ft. of colliding with an Airbus A320 airliner as it made its final approach into London Heathrow airport, investigators have revealed.

Detailing the incident on July 22 this year, investigators from the U.K. Airprox Board, which examines the causes behind air proximity incidents in British air space, said the incident posed a serious risk of collision.

Typhoon Weapons Upgrades Making Progress 

LONDON—A series of complex weapon integration programs planned for the Eurofighter Typhoon are making progress, according to the consortium partners involved in the four-nation program.

EASA To Probe Near Misses Of Russian Military Aircraft, Passenger Jets 

LONDON – The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has been requested by the European Commission to investigate a series of near midair collisions between passenger jets and Russian military aircraft.

The commission raised the alarm after several European Union states reported foreign military aircraft operating near their borders over the sea without transponders activated, nor was it possible, EASA says, to establish radio contact with them.

Drone Came Within 20 Ft. Of Airliner At Heathrow 

LONDON—A model helicopter or unmanned air vehicle (UAV) came within 20 ft. of colliding with an Airbus A320 airliner as it made its final approach into London Heathrow airport, investigators have revealed.

The U.K. Airprox Board—which examines the causes behind air proximity incidents in British air space—detailed the July 22 incident and said it posed a serious risk of collision.

Technical Failure Closes London Airspace 

LONDON—Airspace over London has re-opened, after a computer problem at the U.K.’s main air traffic control (ATC) center caused it to close for more than an hour. The glitch at the Swanwick control center—which is operated by U.K.

Companies Downselected For U.K. Helicopter Training 
Airbus Helicopters, Cobham and Elbit have been downselected to compete to provide the U.K. armed forces with its next-generation training helicopter fleet.
Poland Signs Cruise Missile Deal 
Poland has inked a $250 million deal to buy the Lockheed Martin AGM-158A Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM) to equip its F-16 Fighting Falcons.
Osprey Fires Guided Rockets And Missiles In New Trials 7
The U.S. Marine Corps seeks to update its V-22 Ospreys with sensors and weapons, much as it did for its KC-130s.
 
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