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.



State Dept. OKs MH-60R Sale To Mexico 
Mexico has been given a green light by the U.S. State Department to purchase Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawk anti-submarine and surface warfare helicopters.
Work Begins On UK P-8 Poseidon Facilities 
Work has formally begun on a new set of facilities to support the UK Royal Air Force’s (RAF) new fleet of Boeing P-8 Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft.
Volga-Dnepr Leaving NATO Salis Airlift Program 
Russian cargo airline group Volga-Dnepr is withdrawing from NATO's Strategic Air Lift International Solution (Salis) at the end of 2018.
UK’s Royal Air Force Debuts First F-35 Squadron  6
Britain’s Royal Air Force (RAF) has re-established 617 Sqdn. as the nation’s first unit to fly the F-35B Joint Strike Fighter.
Sikorsky Positions CH-53K King Stallion For Foreign Orders 
Sikorsky is hoping fly-by-wire and future growth capacity can secure international exports.
Volocopter Reveals Urban Air Mobility Vision 
Germany’s Volocopter has lifted the veil on its vision for on-demand urban air mobility services.
Volocopter Reveals Urban Air Mobility Vision 
Germany’s Volocopter has lifted the veil on its vision for on-demand urban air mobility services.
Boeing, Sikorsky Vie To Provide Germany’s Next Heavy Helicopter 
Germany needs 40-60 new heavy-lift helicopters to replace its CH-53G Stallions. Photos: CH-53K by Thinh D. Nguye, Andrew McMurtrie and Damien A. Guarnieri/Lockheed Martin; CH-47 by Tony Osborne/AW&ST
U.S and Allies Launch Over 100 Precision Missiles on Syria  17
The attack included 105 long-range cruise missiles, fired from U.S. Rockwell B-1B Lancer bombers, British Panavia Tornado GR4s, French Dassault Rafale fighters and ships in the Mediterranean
Drone Safety, Drunken Behavior Part Of New UK Aviation Strategy 
The UK is mulling whether to mandate the use of transponders for all objects flying in UK airspace as a means of enabling unmanned air systems (UAS) to safely share airspace.
Rolls-Royce Warns 787 Operators Of More Disruptions 
Engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce warned airlines that additional checks of its Trent 1000 engine powering the Boeing 787 will be needed to resolve ongoing issues with the engine’s compressor.
U.S. Marine Corps Details Adversary Air Needs 
The introduction of the F-35 into the USMC inventory is driving a need for another adversary air training capability to keep pilots’ air combat skills honed.
U.S. Marines Outline Future Vertical Lift Vision 
The USMC wants to prioritize a manned high-speed attack rotorcraft from the technologies that emerge from the U.S. Army’s Future Vertical Lift studies.
Czech Republic Upgrades Gripens 
The Czech Republic has upgraded its Saab Gripens to give them an enhanced air-to-ground capability.
100th P-8 Enters Production Line 
The milestone comes as Boeing works with the U.S. government to further expand the customer base for the maritime patroller, which is slowly edging the long-serving Lockheed P-3 Orion out of front-line use.