Steve Trimble

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. 

Articles
Japan-U.S. Joint Venture Unveils High-Altitude UAS Family 
A Japanese-U.S. partnership has unveiled a vision for launching a family of stratospheric, solar-powered UAS to provide mobile comm and remote sensing services.
Japan-U.S. Joint Venture Unveils High-Altitude UAS Family 
A Japanese-U.S. partnership has unveiled a vision for launching a family of stratospheric, solar-powered UAS to provide mobile comm and remote sensing services.
Lockheed Targets 9-Month F-16 Modification Schedule 
A six-year-old service life extension program for F-16s is transitioning from the proof-kit stage to the full production phase at Hill AFB, Utah.
Lockheed Opens New F-16 Plant In South Carolina 
Lockheed Martin formally opened a new final assembly line for the F-16 in Greenville, South Carolina, on April 23.
Planned Upgrades Add $22.3B To F-35 Estimate 
A package of Block 4 upgrades and other updates for the Lockheed Martin F-35 will cost an estimated $22.3 billion.
B-1B Fleet Returns To Flight 
The U.S. Air Force lifted a nearly month-old grounding order on a fleet of more than 60 B-1B bombers on April 23.
Raytheon Tests Rocket Motor For PRSM Bid 
A first test of the new DeepStrike missile rocket motor validated the expected performance for the proposed medium-range surface-to-surface missile, Raytheon announced on April 23.
USAF Standing Up Urgent ‘5th To 4th Gateway’ Site  4
The USAF is standing up a gateway comm system at an operational base to enable certain front-line fighters, including the F-35A, to transmit data to other aircraft types without compromising its stealth signature.
Ex-RAF L-1011s Gain New Role For U.S. Navy 
A fleet of former Royal Air Force (RAF) L-1011 tankers will provide air refueling services for the U.S. Navy and foreign military customers under a contract announced on April 18 worth up to $121 million.
USAF To Appoint General For Spectrum Warfare 
The USAF will appoint a general officer to lead a new headquarters-level directorate charged with focusing on establishing superiority in the electromagnetic spectrum.
B-1B Return To Flight Possible Before May 
A three-week-old grounding order on the U.S. Air Force’s B-1B bomber fleet could be lifted by the end of the month, the 28th Bomb Wing commander says.
U.S., Australian Navies Buying New MH-60R Sensor 
The U.S. Navy has confirmed plans to integrate a new close-range, submarine-hunting sensor on the Lockheed Martin MH-60R helicopter fleet.
U.S. Air Force Fleet Is Structured For The Wrong War, CSBA Warns  8
Congress ordered a think tank to forecast what the Air Force needs in 2030, and the results call for a fleet revamp.
U.S. Air Force F-35As Deploy To 1st Combat Theater 
U.S. Air Force F-35As arrived at Al Dhafra Air Base in the U.A.E. on April 15 for the type to begin its first deployment to support combat operations in the Middle East.
U.S. Navy Adds Air-Launched Variant To NGLAW Study 
The U.S. Navy has expanded studies for a Next Generation Land Attack Weapon (NGLAW) to include an air-launched variant for maritime patrol aircraft and fighters.
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