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.


BAE Systems Conducts UAS Trials 
BAE Systems has begun a series of self-funded unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) trials in UK airspace, building on the work started by the Autonomous Systems Technology Related Airborne Evaluation and Assessment (ASTRAEA) program.
BAE Systems Conducts UAV Trials In UK Airspace 
BAE Systems has begun a series of self-funded UAV trials in UK airspace.
UAV Trials In UK Airspace Conducted By BAE Systems 
BAE Systems has begun a series of self-funded UAV trials in UK airspace.
First Saudi F-15SAs Could Be Delivered This Week 
Boeing is expected to deliver the first F-15SA (Saudi Advanced) Eagle fighters to the Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) this week.
Britain Investing £100 Million Into Protector UAVs 

LONDON—The UK is to spend £100 million ($127 million) with General Atomics to further develop the company’s Certifiable Predator B unmanned air system.                                                                  &nbs

Aviation Interests Campaign For UK Airspace Modernization 
Britain’s National Air Traffic Services, airlines and aviation organizations have begun a campaign to call for the modernization of UK airspace.
Black Hawks To Replace Russian Mainstay In Afghan Inventory  6
Fiscal 2017 U.S. defense budget includes plans to replace Afghan fleet of Mi-17 helicopters.
Podcast: Canada’s F-18 Surprise and the Outlook for Fighter Sales 23
From the Middle East, to India, Canada and Europe, our editors take stock of recent deals and announced sales of fighter aircraft, and size up how that will impact upcoming competitions.
Aero Vodochody Completing First New-Build L-159 
Czech aerospace firm Aero Vodochody says it is close to completing its first new-build L-159 Advanced Light Combat Aircraft (ALCA) since production of the type ended 13 years ago.
Norwegian Government Proposing P-8 Buy 
Oslo plans to buy five P-8s to replace six P-3 Orions and three Dassault Falcon 20 electronic warfare aircraft.
BAE Systems Flies First Omani Typhoons 
BAE Systems has completed the first flights of the first two Eurofighter Typhoons destined for Oman.
Report Seeks Changes In UK Warship Building Strategy 
An independent report into the construction of Britain’s warships has recommended that a new generation of light frigates for the Royal Navy should be built by another British shipyard or an industrial alliance rather than solely by BAE Systems.
Leonardo AW169 Gains MTOW Increase 
Leonardo-Finmeccanica’s AW169 intermediate twin-engine helicopter has been granted a 200-kg. (441-lb.) increase in maximum gross weight by the European Aviation Safety Agency.
Saab Pushes Back Gripen E First Flight  20
The company had originally planned to fly the prototype, 39-8, by the end of the year, but has elected to push the first flight into the second quarter of 2017.
Helionix-Equipped Airbus H135 Certified 
The European Aviation Safety Agency has certified a new version of Airbus’ H135 twin-engine light helicopter kitted with the company’s self-developed Helionix avionics suite.
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