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
Japan Pitches Kawasaki P-1 For U.K. Maritime Role  5
The Kawasaki P-1 was showcased for senior British officers in advance of Japan’s anticipated bid for the U.K.’s new maritime patrol contract.
AgustaWestland AW169 Achieves EASA Certification 
AgustaWestland has achieved the long-awaited European Aviation Safety Agency certification of its new AW169 twin-engine medium helicopter.
Project Centurion Adapting Typhoon To Replace Tornado 
The U.K. Royal Air Force has set a target of December 2018 to have the weapons and capability of the Panavia Tornado GR4 fleet integrated into its Eurofighter Typhoon force.
U.K. To Receive Second Rivet Joint Ahead of Schedule 
The U.K. Royal Air Force (RAF) is set to receive its second Boeing RC-135 Rivet Joint seven months early.
2015 Royal International Air Tattoo Highlights
This year’s Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford, England, attracted 150,000 visitors and 232 aircraft from 27 air arms representing 22 countries. There was also a significant industry presence, with AgustaWestland, Boeing, RUAG and Textron showing off their wares to a large gathering of air chiefs. Here are some aircraft highlights from the show.
Airbus Looks Toward Light Electric Aircraft Business 
With a cross-channel flight under its belt, Airbus begins to tackle serializing electric light aircraft.
Greece’s EuroZone Troubles Hurting Armed Forces  7
Perceived threat from Turkey keeps Greek defense spending high as country suffers.
Greece’s Eurozone Troubles Hurting Armed Forces 
In a country where the government is struggling to pay the wages of its civil servants and the pensions of its retirees, one might think that Greece’s defense budget has taken a backseat to other areas of public spending.
Cross-Channel Electric Aircraft Flights Spur Controversy 
Airbus’s electric-powered E-fan demonstrator has made a successful crossing of the English Channel, but its efforts were beaten by an enterprising French aviator.
Cross-Channel Electric Aircraft Flights Spur Controversy 
Airbus’s electric-powered E-fan demonstrator has made a successful crossing of the English Channel, but its efforts were beaten by an enterprising French aviator.
U.K. Royal Navy Expanding Wildcat Capabilities 
The U.K. Royal Navy is rapidly expanding the capabilities of its new AgustaWestland AW159 Wildcat maritime attack helicopters, defense officials say.
Controversy Grows Around Cross-Channel Electric Aircraft Flights 
Aerobatic pilot Hugues Duval beat the aerospace giant by flying his electrically powered Cri-Cri aircraft from Dover to Calais in 17 min. on the evening of July 9, the Aero-Club of France announced, just hours before Airbus’s own 38-min. flight from Lydd to Calais-Dunkerque airfield took place on July 10.
AgustaWestland Pushing For Anglo-Italian Military Helo Project 
AgustaWestland’s CEO is urging the U.K. and Italian governments to consider a joint helicopter program in order to address upcoming requirements.
U.K. Prime Minister Urges More Spending On Special Ops, UAVs 
British Prime Minister David Cameron is intervening in the U.K. defense ministry’s upcoming Strategic Defense and Security Review (SDSR) by encouraging commanders to invest in more special operations forces, unmanned air vehicles and intelligence-gathering aircraft.
Ultra Developing Miniature Sonobuoys, Studies UAV Drop Options  6
U.K. defense electronics firm Ultra Electronics is developing a new family of miniature passive sonobuoys that eventually could lend themselves to deployment from unmanned aerial systems.
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