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.


Tata, Airbus Team On Indian HS748 Replacement 
The long-discussed partnership comes after what Airbus described as “detailed industrial assessments” and an evaluation of the Indian private aerospace sector to find a partner for the program, Airbus announced Oct. 28.
U.K. ‘Agrees In Principle’ To First Batch Of F-35s 

LONDON—The U.K. defense ministry says it has agreed in principle on a deal for the first production batch of F-35B Lightning IIs for use on the country’s new aircraft carriers.

Bell Begins Flight Trials Of Rocket-Armed Osprey 
"Bell is funding this development with independent research and development dollars," an official says.
France Planning For ANL Missile Qualifications In 2017 
The French defense procurement agency, the DGA, states that the first subsets for the prototype Future Anti-Surface Guided Weapon (Heavy) [FASGW(H)]—as the weapon is known in the U.K., or the Anti-Navire Léger (ANL) or Light Anti-Ship weapon as it is known in France— are now in production.
Norway Plans To Use NH90s For Coast Guard Operations In 2015 
Norway’s efforts to introduce the new helicopter have been frustrated by many years of delays, mainly due to integration issues relating to the complex mission system adopted for use on the Norwegian aircraft, which are operated by the country’s coast guard.
T-6 Texans Selected For U.K. Flight Training 

LONDON—Ascent Flight Training, the consortium that runs the U.K. Defense Ministry’s Military Flight Training System (MFTS), has selected the Affinity Group as the preferred bidder for the MFTS program’s aircraft service provider program.

Affinity, itself a consortium of Elbit Systems and KBR, will provide new aircraft fleets for elementary flying training, multi-engine training and basic flying training. Affinity plans to provide basic flying training, currently carried out on the Shorts Tucano or the Beechcraft T-6C Texan II.

Brazil Signs Gripen Contract 
The contract, signed between Saab and the Brazilian air force’s Aeronautics Command (Comaer) on Oct. 24, is for 36 new-generation Gripens, comprising 28 single-seat and eight twin-seat aircraft.
One More European Regional Airport, The U.K.’s Blackpool, Closes 
In another indication of the woes befalling Europe’s regional airports, Blackpool has been shut down and others are teetering
Embraer Works To Firm Up KC-390 Exports 
With new and potential orders, Embraer sees bright future for KC-390 airlifter. Emphasizing its multirole capability along with the speed performance offered by its IAE V2500 turbofan—as well as the reliability and low-cost operational experience of its regional jet family—the Brazilian aerospace company hopes to take a major share of the airlifter market over the next 10-15 years. .
Thailand Orders Airbus Helos
The Thai armed forces are adding to their already extensive fleet of helicopters with an order for five Airbus Helicopters EC645 T2s light twins and a pair of EC725 heavy helicopters.
T-6 Texans Selected For U.K. Flight Training 
The choice of the T-6 is surprising as the type – through its Pilatus PC-9 heritage – is an older aircraft than the type it is replacing.
Argentina Could Buy Brazilian-Built Gripens 
The Brazilian and Argentine governments have signed bilateral agreements that could lead to Argentina buying Brazilian-made Gripen combat aircraft.
Sweden Hunts Submarine In Territorial Waters 

LONDON—The Swedish armed forces are in the midst of a major operation in the waters of the Stockholm archipelago after “credible sightings” of a possible submarine.

The naval operation, which began on Oct. 18, comes after what officials describe as “several credible sightings” of an object at three different locations in the region.

Senior officers said the Swedish navy was “seeking to confirm foreign submarine operations.”

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Oct 30, 2014

Daylight Reveals Post-Antares Damage At Wallops

NASA’s Wallops Incident Response Team has reported on its initial assessment following the catastrophic failure of Orbital Science’s Antares rocket shortly after liftoff on Oct. 28, from Pad 0A of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia....More
Oct 30, 2014

Gabon Buys 12 Aravis

Gabon has become the third client for the 4x4 Aravis made by French defence company Nexter, after signing a contract on 29 October to procure 12 of these 12.5 ton heavily armoured vehicles....More
Oct 29, 2014

Poland and Germany Deepen Army Cooperation

Polish Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Tomasz Siemoniak and German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen signed a statement of intent to increase Polish-German army cooperation on the fringes of the annual Bundeswehr conference in Berlin on 29 October. German Ministry of Defense photo by Thomas Imo...More
Oct 28, 2014

Virtual Training

The Euronaval show in Paris this week is not one where one expects to see demonstrations of people wearing strange electronic gadgets and sensors. That is usually reserved for homeland security shows such as Milipol or air-land shows such as Eurosatory....More
Oct 28, 2014

Turnkey Not Smorgasbord

In the competition for the most futuristic looking vessel at the Euronaval show being held this week in Paris I would put the clear front runner as the Fast Attack Craft on the Saab stand....More

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