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.


Saudi Arabia Unveils Armed UAV Program 
Saudi Arabia has taken the wraps off an indigenous armed unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) program.
UK, Turkey Ratify Turkish Fighter Agreements 
The Turkish and British governments have ratified their agreements to allow BAE Systems and Turkish Aerospace Industries to cooperate on the development of an indigenous Turkish fighter.
TAI Reveals T-625 Utility Helicopter 
Turkish Aerospace Industries has taken the covers off its T625 twin-engine medium helicopter.
Rolls-Royce, Turkey’s Kale Group Partner For TF-X Engine 
Rolls-Royce and Turkish engineering firm Kale Group are to establish a joint venture which will initially develop an engine for Turkey’s indigenous fighter, the TF-X.
UK Rapid Capability Office To Work On BriteCloud Decoy 
A Rapid Capability Office set up by the U.K. Royal Air Force (RAF) is to work with Leonardo to further develop its BriteCloud expendable decoy system.
Airbus Performs Automated Aerial Refueling 
Airbus has carried out its first aerial refueling contacts using an automated system, a test which could pave the way for automatic refueling of receiver aircraft.
Turkish Indigenous AESA Fighter Radar In Development 
Turkey’s Aselsan has begun development of an indigenous active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar likely to become the primary sensor of the country’s future fighter.
Turkish Indigenous Air-to-Air Missiles Revealed 
Turkey’s Tubitak Sage research institute has unveiled a family of air-to-air missiles which could go onto equip the country’s future indigenous fighter, the TF-X.
Greece Retires RF-4 Photo-Phantom 
Greece’s Hellenic Air Force has formally retired its last operational McDonnell Douglas RF-4 Phantoms.
Italy Rolls Out First F-35B 
The first short takeoff and vertical landing model F-35 to be assembled outside the U.S. has been rolled out from Italy’s Final Assembly and Check-Out facility.
Clean Sky Trials Prove High-Compression Engine Helo’s Potential  1
Road map could deliver further improvements for piston-powered H120.
Intrigue Surrounds Heavily Modified Global Business Jet  20
Closely guarded Global Express could be destined for service with the UAE Air Force.
Reaction Engines Begins Test Facility Construction  51
Reaction Engines has begun construction of a test facility where it plans to perform the first ground-based demonstration of its Synergetic Air-Breathing Rocket Engine.
Auditor To Be Investigated Over Rolls-Royce Accounting 
The UK’s Financial Reporting Council has begun an investigation into the affairs of auditing firm KPMG and its relationship with engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce.
Auditor To Be Investigated Over Rolls-Royce Accounting 
Britain's Financial Reporting Council is looking into the conduct of auditing firm KPMG over its audits of Rolls-Royce’s financial statements during 2009-2012.
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