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.


USAF Issues RFI For Contractor-Provided Red Air 
The U.S. Air Force is planning to perform a business case analysis for so-called Adversary Air (ADAIR) capabilities to plug what it sees as a “significant gap” in training requirements.
Airbus To Provide Heron UAVs for German Mali Mission 
Airbus will lease the Heron from Israel Aerospace Industries.
Turkish Defense Modernization Uncertain After Coup Attempt  3
The July 15 coup revealed divisions and vulnerabilities in the Turkish state and its relationship with the armed forces.
U.K. Votes to Replace Ballistic Missile Submarines 
British parliamentarians have overwhelmingly approved the replacement of the U.K.’s fleet of ballistic missile submarines and committed to a continuous at-sea deterrent capability.
Leonardo Helicopters Close to Testing Active Rotor System 
Leonardo Helicopters—formally AgustaWestland—is planning to test fly an active rotor blade system as part of a U.K.-based rotary-wing technology research program.
Turkish Air Force In Disarray After Failed Coup  24
Hundreds of senior air force officers have been arrested for their alleged role in the attempt to overthrow the Turkish government, which has left nearly 300 civilians and military personnel dead.
Consortium Selects Scorpion For U.K. Bid 
A consortium of Qinetiq and Thales have chosen Textron Airland’s Scorpion light attack aircraft as the platform for its bid into a major U.K. live flying training program.
Despite Brexit, U.K. Not Holding Back On New Aircraft 
British governments come and go, but it appears to be business as usual for Britain’s defense post-Brexit.
BAE Begins E-Scan Radar Test Flights
BAE Systems has begun flight tests of a Eurofighter Typhoon fitted with the Captor-E active electronically-scanned array (AESA), or so-called “e-scan” radar.
Bell To Partner With Tata For Indian Work
Bell Helicopter and India’s Tata Advanced Systems (TASL) have formally agreed to work together on future potential commercial and military helicopter requirements in India.
TAI Cuts Metal On First Indigenous Helicopter
Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) has begun building the first prototype of a 5-6 metric ton twin-engine indigenous utility helicopter.
Podcast: Big and Noisy Farnborough Airshow
Our editors are at the Farnborough Airshow this week. Listen in as they discuss key developments including the future of the A380 and what a middle-of-the-market airplane will look like. Also, F-35 finally made its long-awaited debut at the show and stunned our team with its hovering capabilities.
Brimstone/Apache Trials Hit Targets
MBDA and Boeing have completed a series of launch trials of MBDA’s Brimstone missile from Boeing’s AH-64E Apache attack helicopter.
Embraer KC-390's Farnborough Airshow Debut 14
Embraer's new multi-mission transport aircraft, the KC-390, has made its maiden stop at the Farnborough Airshow. Still in the thick of flight testing, the aircraft is flying internationally for the first time on a summer tour of Europe and the Middle East.
F-35 Asymmetric Tests Pave Way for DT-3 Sea-Trials 1
F-35 test pilots have begun testing the aircraft’s ability to carry asymmetric external loads in powered-lift flight.

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