Tony Osborne

Tony Osborne
London Bureau Chief,
Aviation Week & Space Technology

Based in London, Tony covers European defense programs. Prior to joining Aviation Week in November 2012, Tony was at Shephard Media Group where he was deputy editor for Rotorhub and Defence Helicopter magazines. Tony has covered avionics, unmanned vehicles, the supply chain and cyberwarfare.


Turkish Fighter Will Be ‘Best In Europe,’ CEO Says 
Turkish Aerospace is looking to accelerate the development of its indigenous fighter aircraft, TF-X, in an attempt to fly as early as 2025, company CEO Temel Kotil said.
Spain Joins European FCAS Program 
France, Germany and Spain have taken the next tentative steps toward the development of a pan-European Future Combat Air System (FCAS).
Defense Export Disputes Cloud FCAS Future 
Disagreements between France and Germany over exports of jointly manufactured defense equipment could halt plans to jointly develop a new combat aircraft before they even begin, a senior Airbus official has warned.
M-345 Prototype Makes Paris Debut 
Six years since Finmeccanica (now Leonardo) first touted its M-345 High Efficiency Trainer proposal in Paris, the company has finally brought the first prototype to the Paris Air Show.
German ATR-72 Maritime Patrol Conversion Makes Paris Debut 
Germany’s Rheinland Air Service (RAS) has debuted its maritime patrol and anti-submarine warfare conversion of the ATR-72 turboprop regional airliner for the first time here at the Paris Air Show, being held June 17-23.
France Begins Training On PC-21s 
The French Air Force carried out their first training sorties on its new fleet of Pilatus PC-21 advanced turboprop trainers June 4.
French Air Force Begins Training on PC-21s
The French Air Force has begun training pilots on its new fleet of Pilatus PC-21 advanced turboprop trainers.
M-345 Jet Trainer Makes Paris Debut
Six years since Finmeccanica, now Leonardo, first touted its M-345 High Efficiency Trainer (HET) proposal in Paris, the company has finally brought the first prototype to the show.
Demonstrator Program Agreed Upon, Spain Joins European FCAS Program
With the grand reveal of a mockup of the Next Generation Fighter in the presence of President Emmanuel Macron on the first day of the Paris Air Show, France, Germany and Spain have now agreed on a plan for a series of demonstrator programs for the wider FCAS.
Turkish Companies Have Big Presence At Paris
Turkey’s aerospace and defense industry will be making noise both in the air and on the ground at this year’s Paris Air Show.
Spanish FCAS Agreements Planned for Show
Spain is expected to formally sign up to the Franco-German fighter development at the Paris Air Show, local media reports have suggested.
Saab Calling for Cooperative Role on Tempest
Saab is looking for a high-level of cooperation with British industry should Sweden decide to join the UK’s Tempest next-generation combat aircraft work, company CEO Hakan Bushke has suggested.
German ATR-72 Maritime Patrol Conversion Makes Paris Debut
The aircraft here at Paris, is the second machine destined for Pakistan, from an order placed by Islamabad in 2015. Work on the program started in January 2016.
Uncertainty Grows As ‘No-Deal’ Brexit Still In Play 
British aerospace suppliers have found themselves frozen out of industry tenders, as the uncertainty about Britain’s departure from the EU continues.
MBDA Lays Out Future For European Missiles 
The company is unveiling concepts for six weapons and effectors that could equip the Franco-German Future Combat Air System and Britain’s Tempest.
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