Steve Trimble

Defense Editor,
Aviation Week Network

Stephen covers military aviation, missiles and space for the Aviation Week Network, based in Washington DC. 

Born in a U.S. Air Force family, he grew up on military bases around the world and came to Washington DC in 1997 to work for Army Times Publishing Co. as a journalist. Stephen helped launch the portal in 2000, then joined the editorial team for Aviation Week’s web site in 2001. He reported on the Pentagon for Aerospace Daily in 2002 and 2003. 

From September 2003 to September 2018, Stephen covered defense and aviation issues and managed staffs as the US bureau chief for Jane’s Defence Weekly and later FlightGlobal. He has covered aviation stories on six continents and several multiple awards, including most recently the 2017 Aerospace Media Awards honor for Best In-Depth Feature on the effort to revive Russia’s commercial aviation industry. 

Raytheon Reveals Scramjet-Powered Hypersonic Missile Concept
Raytheon has unveiled on the eve of the Paris Air Show a new vision for a future scramjet-powered hypersonic missile.
U.S. Air Force Reboots Counter-Air Strategy And Halves Spending  4
The service quietly slashed the budget for the Next-Generation Air Dominance program by 50% amid a shift to a new development strategy.
Shifting Priorities Could Breathe New Life Into U.S. F-15 Fleet  1
Growing support for the U.S. military’s F-15EX acquisition plan highlights global trend on diverse
Lockheed Martin Proposes 40% Fuel Capacity Upgrade for F-35A  10
A long-abandoned requirement for the F-35 could be revived by certain customers.
Cost-saving KC-46 Parts Plan Unrealistic, GAO Says 
Another element of a U.S. Air Force plan to save money during the KC-46 sustainment phase has proven unrealistic, the GAO says in a new report published on June 12.
GAO Details ATEC Protest Rejection On ITEP Bid 
The GAO released a 30-page decision on June 12 that forcefully rejects the Advanced Turbine Engine Company’s (ATEC) arguments for overturning the U.S. Army’s decision to award a $530 million contract to GE Aviation to develop a new helicopter engine.
Handshake Deal Shatters F-35 Price Target  4
Lockheed Martin has tentatively agreed to a one-year contract with two priced options with the U.S. Defense Department that dramatically lowers the unit recurring flyaway costs for the F-35A.
U.S. Army Document Reveals Strengths, Weaknesses Of ITEP Bids  1
GE Aviation beat a competitor for a prized U.S. Army rotorcraft engine contract despite being assessed with an overall higher technical risk, according to a scorecard of the assessment obtained by Aerospace DAILY.
Turkey’s Unfolding Ban From The F-35 Is Reversible, U.S. Officials Say 
“None of the steps we are taking are irreversible,” said Ellen Lord, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment. “We look forward to restoring normal program activity.”
Pentagon Outlines Plan To Remove Turkey From F-35 
The first step in extricating Turkey from the F-35 program could start on June 12 and continue through the end of July, the U.S. Defense Department announced on June 7.
Retrofittable Fly-By-Wire System For UH-60A 
Sikorsky has started flying a UH-60A with a retrofittable fly-by-wire system and autonomous control features to demo a potential upgrade for the U.S. Army’s existing Black Hawk fleet.
U.S. Sets One-Day Orbital Launch Challenge 
The new Rapid Space Launch Initiative challenges space launch providers to propose concepts for demonstrating an on-orbit capability for a satellite weighing up to 220 kg (485 lb.) within 24 hr. of receiving a call from the Air Force.
Tweaked Terms For Canada Future Fighter Help F-35 And Rivals  6
Canada prioritizes competition over strict terms on offsets, stealth.
NRO Selects Three For Next-Gen Commercial Imagery Studies 
The U.S. National Reconnaissance Office contracts extend a nine-year-old relationship between the U.S. intelligence community and Maxar, the parent of DigitalGlobe, and expand the NRO’s commercial partnerships by adding BlackSky Global and Planet.
Long-range Naval Mines Demonstrated On B-52 
The U.S. Air Force on May 31 completed the last and largest demonstration of a two-year program to integrate a long-range naval mine on a Boeing B-52H.
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