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.


U.K.’s Astraea Loses Funding 
Funding for the next stage of the U.K.’s Astraea unmanned aircraft research program has been halted, program officials say.
Britain to Purchase 20 New Medium-Altitude UAVs 
Britain will invest in a new fleet of Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) unmanned air systems, Prime Minister David Cameron has announced.
U.K. UAV Research Program’s Future Unclear 
The Astraea (Autonomous Systems Technology Related Airborne Evaluation & Assessment) program just completed 18 months of work on a virtual certification process, but has no funding in place for its next phase.
U.K. Developing Middle East Presence 
The U.K. defense ministry is looking at expanding its presence in the Middle East with a possible new naval facility in Oman.
Multinational A330 MRTT Buy Could Expand 
Interest in a multinational European purchase of a pooled fleet of Airbus Defense and Space A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transports (MRTT) is growing.
Security Group Wants UAVs For Ukraine Monitoring 
The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe has issued requirements for a new fleet of UAVs to support its monitoring mission in Ukraine.
U.S. Marines Could Play Major Role In U.K. Carrier Operations  7
Marine Corps F-35Bs will be on Britain’s new carriers, but nobody wants to say how many, or when.
U.K. Industry Calls For Competition In Multimission Aircraft Need 
Industry wants a fair and open competition if Britain gets back into the maritime patrol business.
Poland Still Pursuing National Tanker Program 
Poland may be close to finalizing a multinational deal with European countries for Airbus A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transports (MRTTs).
AgustaWestland Certifies Limited Icing Protection On AW189 
AgustaWestland has certified its Limited Ice Protection System (LIPS) on its AW189 super-medium, twin-engine helicopter.
Limited Icing Protection On AW189 Certified By AgustaWestland 
AgustaWestland has certified its Limited Ice Protection System (LIPS) on its AW189 super-medium, twin-engine helicopter.
Switzerland Council Opposes Transport Aircraft Buy 
Switzerland’s National Council has voted against the purchase of a pair of turboprop transport aircraft for the country’s military.
U.K. Extends Sentinel Operational Mandate Over Middle East 
The U.K. is extending the intelligence gathering mission of its Raytheon Sentinel radar-reconnaissance aircraft against the Islamic State for an extra year.
German Selection Of Meads Spurs Global Interest 
Lockheed Martin and European missile manufacturer MBDA are hoping that Germany’s selection of the Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS) will spur international interest.

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