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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 Military.com 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. 

BAE Systems Wins Major F-35 Electronic Warfare Upgrade  2
Original subsystem supplier preserves role as Block 4 upgrade takes shape.
BAE Systems Lands Major F-35 EW Upgrade 
The original subsystem supplier preserves its role as the Lockheed Martin fighter's Block 4 upgrade takes shape.
U.S. State Dept. Officially Clears F-16 Sale To Taiwan 
The U.S. State Department has approved a proposed sale of 66 F-16 Block 70 aircraft to Taiwan despite the intense opposition of the Chinese government.
Cuda-Armed F-35 Model Shown By Mistake At Missile Defense Event 
Lockheed Martin displayed a rarely-seen F-35 model loaded with four Cuda air-to-air missiles at a large missile defense conference in Alabama last week, but there is no link between Cuda and a missile defense application, the company says.
SBX-1 Receives Repairs, Awaits Relocation Decision 
The Sea-based X-band radar (SBX-1) is now receiving repairs and capability upgrades at its unofficial operating hub at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii.
U.S. Air Force Wraps Up A-10 Wing Replacement  2
A 12-year-long, $1.1 billion project to replace structurally weakened wings on 173 A-10s ended last month, the U.S. Air Force announced on Aug. 12.
USAF Quietly Awards Tetra-3 Contract To York Space Systems 
The USAF has quietly awarded a contract to York Space Systems using its Space Enterprise Consortium for Tetra-3, a microsatellite that will be used to prototype missions and tactics, techniques and procedures.
Podcast: Countering Hypersonics 1
The U.S. is stepping up work on defending against hypersonic missile even as its pursues several, seemingly competing high-speed strike weapon programs. Defense editor Steve Trimble and senior editor Guy Norris, talking with technology editor Graham Warwick, dig deep into what we do and don’t know about what the Pentagon is up to in the rapidly evolving field of offensive and defensive hypersonics.
USAF Starts Shopping For P5 Pod Replacement 
The Range Systems Branch of the Armament Directorate at Eglin AFB, Florida, has opened a market survey to evaluate options for replacing the ubiquitous P5 Combat Training System.
USAF Grounds 123 C-130s For Wing Crack Inspection 
About one-third of the USAF C-130 fleet has been grounded after cracks were found on some of the medium-sized transports in a lower center wing joint.
First Pieces Of USAF Hypersonic Interceptor Enter Development  14
As offensive weapon development continues, the Pentagon ramps up hypersonic defense activity.
USAF Designates DARPA Gremlins As X-61As 
The U.S. Air Force has assigned the X-61A designation to the Dynetics Gremlin about five months before the first scheduled flight demonstration of the UAV, which can be recovered in-flight.
Lockheed Wins Deal To Link New Missile Tracking Sensors 
Lockheed Martin will integrate new sensors for missile tracking into the command and control hub for the Ballistic Missile Defense System under a $320 million contract, the company announced Aug. 6.
Raytheon Delivers First Mid-Band Jammer For U.S. Navy Testing  1
The first of 15 Next Generation Jammer Mid-Band pods ordered by the Navy will be used to verify aircraft installation compliance, including mass properties and ground procedures.
KC-46 Boom Actuator Redesign Cost Set At $55.5 Million  18
The U.S. Air Force agreed to accept deliveries of KC-46 aircraft last January after a two-year impasse on the condition that Boeing correct two technical deficiencies.

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