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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No Vote In Scotland Preserves Defense Status Quo 

LONDON — Scotland looks set to remain the home of the U.K.’s nuclear deterrent after voters decided to remain part of the U.K.

A record number of voters – around 84.5% of the electorate – turned out for the Sept. 18 referendum, with 55% of the vote, just more than 2 million people, answering no to the question of whether Scotland should be an independent country.

Kongsberg To Test-Fire Naval Strike Missile From LCS 
LONDON — Norwegian defense company Kongsberg has been contracted by the U.S. Navy to test-fire its Naval Strike Missile (NSM) from a Littoral Combat Ship. 
 
The weapon tests will be funded under the Foreign Comparative Testing program, and have been requested by the Navy to prove the weapon can engage a surface target at ranges of out to 100 nm.
Netherlands Raising Defense Spending 
The Netherlands has decided to reverse its decline in defense spending, spurred on by unrest in the Ukraine and the Middle East and the shooting down of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17, with the loss of 196 Dutch citizens.
 
Officials are initially increasing the budget by €300 million ($385 million) until 2017 and then by €100 million after that.
Airbus Group To Focus On Military Aircraft, Space And Missiles 
Airbus Group ditching non-core assets, including its stake in Dassault
Kongsberg To Test-Fire Naval Strike Missile From LCS 
The weapon tests will be funded under the Foreign Comparative Testing program, and have been requested by the Navy to prove the weapon can engage a surface target at ranges of out to 100 nm. from an LCS-class ship.
Netherlands Raising Defense Spending 
The Netherlands has decided to reverse its decline in defense spending, spurred on by the situations in the Ukraine and Middle East and the shooting down of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17, with the loss of 196 Dutch citizens.
No Vote In Scotland Preserves Defense Status Quo 
Scotland looks set to remain the home of the U.K.’s nuclear deterrent after voters decided to remain part of the U.K.
Boeing Marketing C-40A For Airlift Mission 
Boeing is marketing its proven C-40A Clipper airlifter used by the U.S. Navy as a cheaper and faster alternative, or as a supplement to well-used fleets of C-130 Hercules.
Helibras Gets Green Light For Panther Upgrade Program 
Helibras will now modernize 34 AS565K Panthers – locally known as the Pantera – to the AS565K2 standard.
Airbus Announces Divestiture Plan, Concentrates On Core Products 

LONDON — Airbus Defense and Space has named five companies it hopes to divest its shares in, as it moves to focus on its future core business areas.

The plan, announced Sept. 16, comes as the company tries to consolidate its market share in space launchers, satellites, military aircraft and missiles as its future core business following the restructuring of the group and the integration of the long-troubled Cassidian defense division into the wider Airbus Defense and Space division.

U.K. May Keep Some C-130Js After Planned Retirement Date 
The U.K. Royal Air Force (RAF) may consider keeping some of its Lockheed Martin C-130J Hercules in service after the planned 2022 retirement date for the aircraft.
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