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.

 

Articles
Technical Failure Closes London Airspace 

LONDON—Airspace over London has re-opened, after a computer problem at the U.K.’s main air traffic control (ATC) center caused it to close for more than an hour. The glitch at the Swanwick control center—which is operated by U.K.

Companies Downselected For U.K. Helicopter Training 
Airbus Helicopters, Cobham and Elbit have been downselected to compete to provide the U.K. armed forces with its next-generation training helicopter fleet.
Poland Signs Cruise Missile Deal 
Poland has inked a $250 million deal to buy the Lockheed Martin AGM-158A Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM) to equip its F-16 Fighting Falcons.
Osprey Fires Guided Rockets And Missiles In New Trials 7
The U.S. Marine Corps seeks to update its V-22 Ospreys with sensors and weapons, much as it did for its KC-130s.
France Begins Replacing Tankers 2
France is slowly replacing its aging Boeing KC-135Rs with Airbus A330 multirole tanker-transports, though defense budget constraints are hindering the transition.
Submarine Hunt Could Be Timely Reminder For Britain 2
Recent submarine sightings near U.K. bases raise pressure on defense ministry to deploy new maritime patrol aircraft.
Technical Failure Closes London Airspace 
The glitch at the Swanwick control center—which is operated by U.K. air navigation service provider National Air Traffic Services (NATS) and home to the London Area Control Center and London Terminal Control Center—prompted flight delays and cancellations across Europe, as air traffic controllers prevented flights from departing all London airports and stopped air traffic entering the London airspace.
Podcast: The Hunt for A Foreign Submarine Off Scotland
London Bureau Chief Tony Osborne and International Defense Editor Bill Sweetman discuss the U.K.'s recent trouble hunting for a possibly Russian submarine and what it says about their state of readiness.
Airbus Helicopters Delivers First New EC175s 
Five years after it first flew and two years later than planned, Airbus Helicopters has delivered its first new EC175 super-medium helicopters.
Typhoon Weapons Upgrades Making Progress 
Details released by the consortium partners have described the latest key milestones in the integration of the MBDA Storm Shadow air-launched cruise missile, the Meteor long-range air-to-air missile and the Brimstone air-to-ground weapon.
Drone Came Within 20 Ft. Of Airliner At Heathrow 
The U.K. Airprox Board—which examines the causes behind air proximity incidents in British air space—detailed the July 22 incident and said it posed a serious risk of collision.
 
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