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.


U.K. Redeploying Reapers From Afghanistan To Iraq 
The U.K. Defense Ministry is redeploying several of its General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper unmanned air vehicles to support operations against Islamic State militants in Iraq.
Heathrow Agrees To Sell Aberdeen, Glasgow and Southampton Airports
The long-awaited sale, announced Oct. 16 and subject to European merger regulations, is expected to close in 2015.
Chinese Helicopter Operators Select AgustaWestland 
Another major order for helicopters has emerged from China, this time for AgustaWestland models.
U.K. Voyager Refuels U.S. Harriers In IS Combat Operations 
U.K. Royal Air Force (RAF) Airbus A330 Voyager tanker aircraft have refueled non-U.K. assets for the first time as part of the ongoing combat operations against Islamic State (IS) militants in Iraq.
Gecas To Buy Helicopter Lease Firm Milestone 
The deal, announced on Oct. 13, is likely to shake up the fledgling helicopter-leasing business that was essentially re-booted in 2010 by the formation of Milestone, led by former NetJets CEO Richard Santulli.
Australia Looking For Laser-Guided Rocket 
BAE Systems has fitted its Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) to a European-made rocket as part of a demonstration for the Australian armed forces.
Italian Army Takes Delivery Of New-Generation Chinooks 
The Italian army has taken delivery of its first two new model ICH-47F Chinooks license-built by AgustaWestland.
Pentagon Poised To Issue RFP For JAGM Development 
Over the past decade, Pentagon plans to replace the AGM-114 Hellfire have been scaled back from joint-service development of an all-new tri-mode missile for launch from rotary- and fixed-wing aircraft, fast and slow, to a dual-mode guidance section upgrade for the AGM-114R now carried by U.S. Army and Marine Corps attack helicopters. Delayed and descoped, the Joint Air-to-Ground Missile (JAGM) finally looks set to move into full development.
Iraq Ops Prompt Re-Think On Tornado Retirement 
Royal Air Force (RAF) commanders may be revisiting their strategy on the rapid removal from service of the Panavia Tornado GR4. Less than six months before the disbandment of a third squadron of the aircraft in the past year, officials have decided to postpone their plans so that Tornados and crews are available to fly missions to counter Islamic State forces in Iraq and Syria.
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