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.


Nammo Develops Multi-Purpose Ammunition For F-35 
Norwegian ammunition firm Nammo is hoping to achieve an operational capability for a new 25mm round for use in all three variants of the F-35 in 2016.
F-35 JPO To Choose Engine Rub Correction Option In October 
The engine fixes could allow the F-35 System Development and Demonstration fleet to return to flight operations by November and permit the planned deployment of one or two F-35Cs onto the USS Nimitz for carrier trials, program and industry officials said.
Arab Nations Join In U.S.-Led Air Strikes On Syria 
The gathering of Arab air forces in a single air campaign may be one of the largest seen since Operation Desert Storm in 1991 and perhaps the 1967 Six-Day War when Egyptian, Syrian, Jordanian and Iraqi warplanes targeted Israel.
AgustaWestland Sues U.S. Army Over Training Helicopter 
AgustaWestland North America says the U.S. Army’s plan to repurpose 100 of its UH-72s and purchase 155 more from Airbus Helicopters for use as the service's primary training helicopter would be of significant harm to its business.
No Vote In Scotland Preserves Defense Status Quo 

LONDON — Scotland looks set to remain the home of the U.K.’s nuclear deterrent after voters decided to remain part of the U.K.

A record number of voters – around 84.5% of the electorate – turned out for the Sept. 18 referendum, with 55% of the vote, just more than 2 million people, answering no to the question of whether Scotland should be an independent country.

Kongsberg To Test-Fire Naval Strike Missile From LCS 
LONDON — Norwegian defense company Kongsberg has been contracted by the U.S. Navy to test-fire its Naval Strike Missile (NSM) from a Littoral Combat Ship. 
The weapon tests will be funded under the Foreign Comparative Testing program, and have been requested by the Navy to prove the weapon can engage a surface target at ranges of out to 100 nm.
Netherlands Raising Defense Spending 
The Netherlands has decided to reverse its decline in defense spending, spurred on by unrest in the Ukraine and the Middle East and the shooting down of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17, with the loss of 196 Dutch citizens.
Officials are initially increasing the budget by €300 million ($385 million) until 2017 and then by €100 million after that.
Airbus Group To Focus On Military Aircraft, Space And Missiles
Airbus Group ditching non-core assets, including its stake in Dassault
Poland Closing In On JASSM Purchase 
The U.S. State Department has approved a possible sale of cruise missiles for use on Poland’s fleet of F-16s.
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