Bill Sweetman

Bill Sweetman
Senior International Defense Editor,
Aviation Week & Space Technology

Bill's 40-year career as an aerospace and defense journalist has covered almost every aspect of the topic, from satellites to submarines, from infantry gear to classified ultra-stealthy bombers and from nano-UAVs to aircraft carriers. He was the first reporter to suggest that a funny Euro-Project called Airbus might be going somewhere, that the Eurofighter had a nasty streak in the low-speed, high-alpha envelope and that Boeing’s 7J7 and Sonic Cruiser were vaporware. Bill played a key role in breaking stories about the classified RQ-170 and RQ-180 UAVs, and the still-secret stealth helicopter used in the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound in May 2011.
 
He is a regular speaker and international conferences, is frequently interviewed or cited as an authority on technical issues - stealth technology in particular - by U.S. and global media and is the leading independent expert on the Joint Strike Fighter program. Bill’s groundbreaking work on stealth received simultaneous and detailed attention from the CIA and the GRU, the Soviet military intelligence agency. 
 
The 2013 Jesse H. Neal award for Best Subject-Related Package was awarded to Bill and other members of Aviation Week's defense team for their package "Balance of Fear: Iran, Israel and the Calculus of War." The same package won the award for Best In-Depth Feature at the 2013 Aerospace Media Awards.
 
Bill has also received Aerospace Journalist of the Year awards from the Royal Aeronautical Society in 1997, 1999, 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2007.

Articles
Gripen Radar Upgrade Aimed At Sweden And Exports 
Saab has unveiled a major upgrade of the JAS 39C/D Gripen’s radar, intended to double its detection and tracking range and give it the ability to track low-radar-cross-section targets.
U.S. Discloses New Airborne Mine Concept 
U.S. Navy testing advanced aerial mines with built-in guidance, as well as deploying new mine-detection systems
Opinion: Brazil Is Not Rushing Gripen Project
As the wheels come off India’s plans to build Rafales, Brazil’s Gripen program moves carefully forward.
Gripens For Argentina Seen As Unlikely 
Brazilian Defense Minister Jacques Wagner did not rule out a possible sale of JAS 39E Gripen NG fighters to Argentina at the LAAD defense show here, but industry sources still confirm that such a deal is hypothetical at best.
Podcast: India’s Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft Surprise
India hit the reset button on stalled contract talks with Dassault, opting for a government-to-government sale of 36 Rafale fighters. Our editors discuss what the deal means for India, Dassault and future combat aircraft competitions.
Elbit Subsidiary Shows New Gripen Cockpit 
AEL Sistemas, the Brazil-based subsidiary of Israel’s Elbit, is showing prototypes of the cockpit hardware planned for Brazil’s Saab Gripen fighter at the LAAD defense and security show in Rio De Janeiro.
Gripen, Submarines To Dominate Brazilian Budget 
The high cost and ambitious scope of two Brazilian military projects will lead to delays in the launching of other major projects, according to industry executives at the LAAD defense and security show here.
Opinion: Nearing A Laser Tipping Point 11
Star Wars lasers were intended to hit things that missiles could not touch. The new generation exploits different characteristics.
Embraer, Saab Sign Gripen Management Pact 
Saab and Embraer have signed an agreement covering joint development of the JAS 39E/F Gripen Next Generation fighter at the LAAD defense and security show in Rio De Janeiro.
India Nears Deal For 36 Dassault Rafale Fighters 4
India plans to purchase 36 Rafale jets in fly-away condition “as quickly as possible,” though both the Indian and French governments said further negotiations are still underway.
U.S. Navy Wants Internal AARGM For F-35 
The longer-range AARGM-Extended Range version of the AGM-88E Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile has to fit internally in the F-35A/C versions of the Joint Strike Fighter, according to a U.S. Navy request for information.
Lasers Technology Targets Mini-UAVs 2
Two German teams are working on a military-funded program that could lead to a world first: an operational air-defense laser.
World Wide Weapons 
Abu Dhabi’s IDEX 2015 defense show in late February highlighted the rapid globalization of the defense industry, with collaborative efforts that brought industries together from Europe, the U.S., Africa and Asia.
New Attack Aircraft Is Key To Paramount’s Expansion 
Paramount Group’s new Advanced High-performance Reconnaissance Light Aircraft is on the way to full production by 2017.
Compact Aerial Sensor Detects Maritime Targets 
New sensor combines a high-definition electro-optic camera with automatic target detection algorithms to detect small maritime targets.
 
Blogs
Apr 28, 2015
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When the Pentagon First Let Women Fly in Combat (1993)

Twenty-two years ago, the U.S. defense secretary proposed allowing women to fly in combat. Now, the first female fighter pilot is a member of Congress....More
Apr 25, 2015
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Saturday's Progress 57 Space Station Departure Paves the Way for new Russian Re-supply Mission

Progress 59 is scheduled to lift off from Baikonur on Tuesday at 3:09 a.m., EDT, initiating a four orbit, six hour sprint to the International Space Station with three tons of supplies...More
Apr 24, 2015
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Airbus A380 Makes First Flight (2005) 2

The Airbus A380 made its first flight on April 27, 2005. The story since has been full of ups and downs. See our original coverage from 2005....More
Apr 23, 2015
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Airbus, Boeing Delivering Aircraft At The Last Minute? 1

An analysis of Airbus' and Boeing's delivery data from Aviation Week Intelligence Network's Fleet database reveals that both Airbus and Boeing tend to deliver a majority of their aircraft during the second half of each month....More
Apr 21, 2015
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Astronaut Scott Kelly Paces Start to ISS Marathon Mission, Chance to Sip Espresso

"We definitely look forward to the espresso machine," astronaut Scott Kelly, NASA's ISS marathoner, told Russia Today. "I know a lot of people are interested in it."...More

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