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.


Czech Republic Upgrades Gripens 
The Czech Republic has upgraded its Saab Gripens to give them an enhanced air-to-ground capability.
100th P-8 Enters Production Line 
The milestone comes as Boeing works with the U.S. government to further expand the customer base for the maritime patroller, which is slowly edging the long-serving Lockheed P-3 Orion out of front-line use.
Black Hawk Roadmap Features Jet-Smooth Flight, Autonomy 
Sikorsky has lifted the veil on a series of technological enhancements that could help keep its Black Hawk utility helicopter potentially relevant until the 2070s.
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New main rotor blade tips and an improved gearbox are in development for Sikorsky’s UH-60 Black Hawk.
F-35 Makes Latin American Debut 
The F-35 has made its Latin American debut by appearing on static display at the FIDAE Airshow.
France, Germany Gear Up For Multinational Programs 
France and Germany will sign an accord to develop a new maritime patrol aircraft and try to make progress on discussions for a new European combat aircraft.
Viking Mulling Modernized CL-415 Amphibian 
Canada’s Viking Air is preparing to launch a modernized version of the CL-415 amphibious firefighting aircraft.
Germany Cleared For Triton Purchase 
The U.S. State Department has approved a potential sale of the Northrop Grumman Triton unmanned air system to Germany.
Brazil’s Aerospace Success Prompts Neighbors To Follow 
Some Latin American governments are nurturing aerospace development, but some established names are struggling.
Senegal Emerges As L-39NG Customer 
According to Aero Vodochody, the aircraft will be delivered in a light attack configuration but will retain their training capability.
Lockheed Mulling Buybacks Of C-130 Hercules 
Lockheed Martin is considering new approaches to financing and deals in order to secure new business for the C-130J Hercules.
First New Chilean Black Hawks To Arrive In August 
The Chilean air force (FACH) is set to take delivery of the first of a new batch of S-70i Black Hawks this summer.
Leonardo Contracted For UK Apache Defensive Aids 
SANTIAGO, Chile—Leonardo has been contracted to supply the defensive aids suite for Britain’s new fleet of 50 Boeing AH-64E Apache attack helicopters.
New ATC Technologies Reduce Wake Separation, Boost Punctuality 
System makes use of newly developed wake-vortex categories allow increased aircraft movements at Heathrow.
Croatia To Purchase Ex-Israeli F-16s 
The tiny Balkan country will purchase 12 F-16C/Ds from Israel that will undergo a life-extension program prior to delivery.
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