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 To Fly X4 Prototype This Year 
Airbus Helicopters says it will fly the first prototype of its new X4 twin-engine medium helicopter later this year, after achieving power-on last November.
Airbus Helicopters’ Heavy Aircraft Orders Up, But Light Line Dips 
Airbus Helicopters enjoyed a record year of deliveries for its heavy helicopters in 2014, but is facing a continuing downturn in its light helicopter line.
Greek Air Force F-16 Crash Kills 11 In Spain 
Eleven military personnel were killed and 21 others injured in the crash of a Greek air force F-16 Fighting Falcon during a NATO exercise in Spain that also damaged or destroyed several aircraft on the ground.
Airlines Work To Tackle Heathrow Noise Pressures 1
Seeking permission to expand, Heathrow is pursuing multiple initiatives to reduce noise impacts on surrounding communities.
Turkey Eyes More Seahawks For Assault Ship Role 
Ankara wants six new helicopters in a troop transport configuration to operate from the new vessel, which will be based on Spanish shipbuilder Navantia’s Juan Carlos I helicopter carrier design but built by the Sedef shipyard in Istanbul.
U.K. Contracts Boeing For Chinook Digital Flight Control Upgrade
The unannounced contract, signed in December, builds on the defense ministry’s ongoing Project Julius that aims to bring the U.K.’s Chinook transport helicopter fleet to the same standard with new engines, and a new cockpit avionics suite based on Thales TopDeck system.
Czech Republic Looks West For Hind Replacement 
The Czech Republic is likely to make a decision on replacing its fleet of Mi-35 Hind gunships with a Western type in the coming months.
Afghanistan Air Force To Get Armed MD 530 Helos 
The Afghan air force is set to add to its helicopter forces with the delivery of armed MD 530 light helos starting later this year.
Qatar Finalizing NH90, Apache Deals 
Qatar is in the process of finalizing two major contracts for attack and utility helicopters as part of the country’s rapid military modernization.
Nigerian Air Force Seeks To Beef Up Equipment, Training 
Senior Nigerian air force (NAF) officers say they are troubled by equipment and training issues as the air arm uses its helicopters to take on the insurgent group Boko Haram.
Italy Planning Further Mangusta Upgrades 
Italy is looking to carry out another upgrade of its AgustaWestland AW129 Mangusta attack helicopter toward the end of this decade.
Gatwick Plans Efficient Two-Runway Operation 
Gatwick Airport, already known as the world’s busiest single-runway airport in terms of passenger numbers, is now locked in a head-to-head battle against Heathrow.
Eurojet Signs Deal With Turkey’s Aselsan 
Eurojet – the consortium that builds the EJ200 engine for the Eurofighter Typhoon – has agreed to collaborate with Turkish defense electronics firm Aselsan.
AAR Airlift Wins Falklands Helicopter Deal
The 10-year contract, beginning in April 2016, will see AAR and BIH operating a mixed fleet of upgraded Sikorsky S-61s for logistics and transport missions while the AgustaWestland AW189 will be employed on search-and-rescue (SAR) duties
Jan 26, 2015

New Photos: Chilled Lightning 2

F-35 begins extreme climate testing....More
Jan 26, 2015

Boeing 777 -- Unveiling A Design Classic (1990) 3

No matter how you gauge the success of Boeing’s 777, whether in terms of sales, profitability, safety, versatility, longevity or derivatives, few can argue the remarkable impact the twinjet has made on the industry since entering service almost 20 years ago....More
Jan 23, 2015

When Lockheed Martin Won The JSF Award (2001) 18

During its nearly 100 years of coverage, Aviation Week & Space Technology has covered many controversial programs. Perhaps none has been as big in terms of sheer value and global reach as the nine-nation, stealthy F-35 fighter project....More
Jan 22, 2015

10 Things To Watch In The 2016 Budget Request

Six years into his presidency, President Barack Obama is planning to finally submit his budget request to Congress on time—meaning the week of Feb. 2 this year....More
Jan 21, 2015

NASA's Dawn Spacecraft Finds Icy Ceres Cratered 2

"We know so much about the solar system and yet so little about dwarf planet Ceres," said Marc Rayman, Dawn's mission manager. "Now, Dawn is ready to change that."...More
Jan 21, 2015

Peru Goes Dutch For SAR Helicopters

Peru will buy three used AB-412 search and rescue (SAR) helicopters from the Netherlands, Defense Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert informed parliament Jan. 19....More
Jan 20, 2015

Belgian Army Patrols City Streets

It was not a long weekend like it was in the States, but I felt the presence of the Belgian army on the streets of Brussels Jan. 17 when I saw a Light Multirole Vehicle bristling with antennas turn the corner on Rue Royale and drive past the parliament....More
Jan 20, 2015

RNLAF F-35s Go To Edwards Air Force Base

Two Royal Netherlands Air Force F-35s flew to Edwards Air Force Base Jan. 16 for the operational test and evaluation phase....More

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