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. 

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  4
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.
USAF Launches Predictive Maintenance For Three Fleets  1
The B-1B, C-5M and KC-135 fleets are now scheduling maintenance actions using algorithms designed to predict failures based on its condition in real-time.
Second B-52H Begins Regeneration Process 
The U.S. Air Force has started a regeneration process for a second Boeing B-52H bomber that has been parked in long-term storage in Arizona.
Industry Officials Rebuff USAF Sustainment Proposal 
A U.S. Air Force official’s month-old proposal to buy back intellectual property rights on military equipment from industry has drawn sharp criticism from two industry executives.
New U.S. Army Concept Seeks J-Stars-like Sensors 
The U.S. Army is searching for an airborne surveillance platform with long-range, moving target detection capabilities.
Brazil’s Space Industry Revives With VCUB Nanosatellite 
Brazil’s hopes for self-sufficiency in space ride on Visiona’s nanosat.
F-15E Test Aircraft Completes First Flight With EPAWSS 
A Boeing F-15E has started the flight test phase for a critical new electronic warfare system for hundreds of the twin-engine fighters, including the proposed F-15X model, the manufacturer announced on April 8.
Brazil, South Africa Discuss Co-Development Of Gripen E’s BVR Missile 
Production of Gripen E for Brazil is starting, but selection of an air-to-air missile for the model is still pending.
U.S. Army Sets Speedy Pace For FLRAA 
The request for information (RFI) provides the competitive field with the first glimpse of the Army’s detailed requirements for replacing the 40-year-old UH-60 design.
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