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.


Bahrain Requests F-16Vs, Upgrades 
Bahrain looks set to provide a lifeline to Lockheed Martin’s F-16 production line after making a formal request to purchase 19 F-16Vs and upgrade 20 of its existing fighters to the F-16V standard.
UK Considers Buying Chinooks From U.S. 
Britain is in talks with the U.S. government about the potential purchase of MH-47G special operations Chinook helicopters as part of a drive to build closer fleet commonality with the U.S. Army.
Belgian Fighter Shortlist Shrinks To Two 
The shortlist for Belgium’s new fighter has shrunk to two aircraft after France opted out of responding to a request for proposals.
Austria, Switzerland OK New Air Policing Pact 
Austria and Switzerland are set to strengthen cross-border cooperation on air policing.
Airbus Begins Testing Hforce Weapons System on H145 
Airbus is planning for Hforce, a generic weapons system the company is fitting into its H125M, H145M and H225M helicopters, to be qualified on the H145M during 2018.
Turkish Pilots Compelled To Return to Military Service 
Former Turkish military pilots who refuse to return and complete their compulsory military service could find their commercial pilot licenses canceled because of a new decree issued by the country’s government.
Leonardo AESA Selected For Romanian Jet Trainer Trials 
Leonardo says the trials could lead to the retrofitting of the radar into Romania’s fleet of IAR-99s.
U.S. Equipment Tops Romanian Arms Shopping List 
Patriots, F-16s and attack helicopters are high on Romania’s defense list as Bucharest increases defense spendin
UK Government Funding Alternative Aviation Fuels 
The UK government is creating a £22 million ($28 million) fund to help companies develop alternative aviation fuels from waste products.
North Korean Air Show Canceled 
European enthusiasts planning to attend the event planned for Sept. 23-24 have been informed by their travel agencies that the show’s preparatory committee has decided cancel it. It is unclear whether the show will go ahead next year.
Russian Helicopters To Develop High-Speed Attack Helo  6
Russian Helicopters’ Mil Moscow design bureau has been contracted by the Russian defense ministry to work on the concept of a high-speed attack helicopter.
Canada To Fly Romanian Air Policing Mission  1
Canadian CF-188 Hornet fighters have arrived in Romania in readiness for a four-month air policing mission.
Hensoldt Takes Over EuroAvionics 
German defense electronics firm Hensoldt has acquired avionics supplier EuroAvionics GmbH from its owners, Equistone Partners Europe.
EuroAvionics Taken Over By Hensoldt 
German defense electronics firm Hensoldt has acquired avionics supplier EuroAvionics GmbH from its owners, Equistone Partners Europe.
Israeli F-35s Perform Refueling Trials 
The Israeli Air Force has conducted aerial refueling tests with its first F-35s as it pushes to achieve an initial operating capability by year’s end.
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