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.


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.
Turkish Weapon Could Be Offered To Arm U.S. F-35s 
Lockheed Martin could offer Turkey’s Stand-Off Missile (SOM-J) as a weapon for U.S. Air Force and Navy F-35s, after signing a deal with a Turkish manufacturer to develop the weapon.
MBDA Touts Brimstone For Upgraded U.K. Apaches 
The company has been using the DSEi defense exhibition here to market the weapon as a potential alternative to the Lockheed Martin AGM-114 Hellfire and its planned U.S. replacement, the Joint Air-to-Ground Missile.
Finmecannica Offers C-27J For U.K. Multi-Mission Aircraft 
Finmeccanica has joined the throng of defense contractors to bid for the U.K.’s expected requirement for a maritime patrol/multi-mission aircraft.
L-3 Preparing Q400 Multi-Mission Demonstrator 
After a series of certification issues, L-3 says it is making progress on the modification program for its Bombardier Q400-based multi-mission aircraft demonstrator.
Kuwait's Typhoon Choice Buoys Consortium  2
Billions spent on the Eurofighter aircraft’s capability enhancements may finally be paying off.
RAF A400M Fleet Achieves Milestone Delivery 
The U.K. defense ministry says the arrival of the fourth aircraft to Brize Norton on Sept. 10, along with the handover of three other aircraft allows them to declare the type’s capability to undertake extended world-wide tasks.
Lockheed Martin Gathers Team For C-130J MPA Offer 
Lockheed Martin says its SC-130J Sea Hercules, envisioned for an anticipated U.K. requirement for a maritime patrol/multimission aircraft, could be ready for service by the end of the decade.
Paveway IV Gets Bunker-Busting Capability 
Raytheon has secured a £25 million ($38 million) spiral contract from the U.K. defense ministry to complete development and build a tactical penetrator warhead capability for the Paveway IV precision-guided weapon.

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