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.


Italian, Turkish ATR-72 Maritime Patrol Programs Reach Milestones
The Italian Air Force has begun acceptance trials of a new fleet of maritime patrol aircraft based on the ATR-72 regional airliner. It has ordered four P-72As from Leonardo-Finmeccanica’s aircraft division.
AirTanker Flies First VIP Mission
AirTanker, the private company established to operate the RAF’s fleet of aerial refueling jets, has performed its first VIP mission.
AW189 Reaches Full Ice Protection Milestone
The European Aviation Safety Agency has finally certified the full icing protection system of Leonardo Helicopters AW189 super-medium helicopter.
Scorpion Selected For Potential U.K. Training Bid 3
A consortium of QinetiQ and Thales have chosen Textron Airland’s Scorpion light attack aircraft as the platform for its bid into a major U.K. live flying training program.
ATR Projects Strong Demand
Regional airliner manufacturer ATR is projecting a need for as many as 2,800 regional turboprops as the aircraft are used to open more routes across the globe.
Aero Vodochody Reviewing Aerostructures Work, Progressing L-39NG Program 1
Czech aerospace firm Aero Vodochody is reviewing its portfolio of aerostructures work to focus on risk-sharing programs and engineering capabilities.
Textron, ATAC To Offer Live Flight Training 1
Textron has entered the live flight-training market in a bid to grab what could become a multibillion-dollar market over the coming decade.
Leonardo Osprey Is Second-Generation AESA
Leonardo-Finmeccanica has unveiled a second-generation of active electronically scanned-array search radars.
Bell’s Snyder Rings In New Changes
Bell Helicopter’s new CEO, Mitch Snyder, has declared innovation as his top priority, as the company works to reposition itself in the challenging rotary-wing market.
Arrival Of U.K.’s F-35s Buoys Post-Brexit Defense Outlook  9
F-35s take center stage at the Royal International Air Tattoo—two years later than planned—and seem to have bolstered the country’s mood about its defense outlook.
Bell’s Snyder Rings in New Changes 
Bell Helicopter’s new CEO Mitch Snyder has declared innovation as his top priority, as the company works to reposition itself in the challenging rotary-wing market.
Boeing In Big Wins For British Defense 3
​Boeing started the Farnborough Airshow by securing nearly £5 billion worth of contracts from the British government for P-8 Poseidon maritime patrollers, and Apache attack helicopters.
Cameron Hails Strength of U.K. Aerospace Industry 
British Prime Minister David Cameron has described the country’s aerospace industry as one of its greatest strengths and one that needs to be exercised following the country’s so-called Brexit decision to leave the European Union.
Boeing Wins Apache, P-8 Contracts From U.K. 
Boeing began the Farnborough International Airshow July 11 by securing nearly £5 billion ($6.47 billion) in contracts from the British government for P-8 Poseidon maritime patrollers and Apache attack helicopters.
Sweden Declares IOC With Meteor Missile
The Swedish air force has declared an initial operating capability with the MBDA Meteor air-breathing air-to-air missile on its Gripen fighters, making it the first air arm to introduce the weapon.

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