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. 

Light Attack Fighter Program Relocating To U.A.E. In 2019 
The factory for the first U.A.E.-built manned combat aircraft will be completed by year’s end to support the Calidus B-250.
Kalashnikov Unveils New Small Loitering Munition 
Russian manufacturer Kalashnikov unveiled a new small loitering munition during the IDEX exhibition in Abu Dhabi.
Boeing And Embraer Expand KC-390 Sales Talks 
Boeing and Embraer are in talks with five countries to buy the KC-390, including at least two that have opened discussions since the two manufacturers announced a formal partnership.
U.S. Sanctions Trigger One-Year MC-21 Schedule Delay 
The confirmed delay comes four months after the Russian government ordered the Rostec conglomerate to acquire the assets of the MC-21 program from United Aircraft Corp.
Sanctioned Russian Missiles Sold To China Destroyed During Shipping 
A strange new twist has emerged in the ongoing drama around Russian deliveries of the S-400 air defense system to China last year.
Pro-F-35 Backlash Seen As USAF F-15X Proposal Details Emerge  4
U.S. Air Force officials say F-15X plan poses no risk to F-35, but some lawmakers and experts fear the opposite.
UAE's New Armed UH-60 Makes Public Flying Debut 
The UAE Armed Forces opened the IDEX exhibition on Feb. 17 with a fly-past of the country’s recently inaugurated armed Black Hawk making its public flying debut at the show.
Rostec Confirms Operational Debut For Pantsir-M 
A new close-in anti-air weapon system for the Russian Navy has entered operational service “quite recently,” a senior Russian industry executive says.
New Ear Cup For U.S. Air Force Pilot Helmets To Help Counter Hypoxia  7
A new plan is forming to solve the plague of physiological episodes for military pilots by monitoring them like engines.
KAI Announces ‘First Cut’ Milestone For KF-X Production 
Korea Aerospace Industries unveiled the first structural component produced for the KF-X fighter during a Feb. 14 factory ceremony.
USAF Sets Plateau For Third LRASM Production Lot 
The U.S. Air Force has announced plans to buy 50 AGM-158C long-range anti-ship missiles from Lockheed Martin for the third lot of low rate initial production.
U.S. Army Opens Acquisition Phase For IM-SHORAD 
The U.S. Army has taken the first step to acquire four new battalions of ground-based defensive systems against fixed-wing aircraft, helicopters and large unmanned aircraft systems.
Altus AFB Training Unit Receives First KC-46 
Boeing delivered the fifth KC-46 aircraft to the U.S. Air Force on Feb. 8—the first to Altus AFB, Oklahoma.
Foreign AH-1Z Sale To Bahrain Awarded 
The U.S. Navy has confirmed a Foreign Military Sale with Bahrain for 12 Bell AH-1Z attack helicopters.
GE Claims Prized U.S. Army T700 Replacement Contract 
Army hopes to regain high ground with powerful new engine.
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