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.



Irish Air Corps To Get Airbus C295s Maritime Patrollers 
The Irish Air Corps (IAC) has ordered a pair of Airbus C295 twin-turboprop airlifters for the maritime patrol mission.
Safran’s Aneto Secures EASA Certification 
The 2,500-shp Aneto 1K is the first member of Safran’s new family of engines for medium and heavy helicopters, capable of producing 2,500-3,000 shp.
Brexit A Certainty After Boris Johnson Election Landslide 
Britain’s aerospace industry is waking up to Brexit certainty after Prime Minister Boris Johnson secured a landslide majority in a Dec. 12 general election.
Switzerland Takes Delivery Of Hermes 900s 
Flight operations with the Hermes 900 are likely to be delayed around six months, with their mission being temporarily taken over by helicopters.
Chilean KC-130 Wreckage Found 
Ships and aircraft scouring the Drake Passage between Tierra del Fuego and the Antarctic peninsula have recovered components of the aircraft’s main landing gear and elements from the fuel system.
Airbus Delivers First SAR H145 Helo To Germany 
Airbus has delivered the first of seven H145 twin-engine light helicopters to the German Army to support its search-and-rescue mission.
Serbia Adds Russian Mi-35Ms To Helo Fleet 
Serbia has taken delivery of four Mil Mi-35M attack helicopters from Russia, bolstering the country’s depleted air force.
USMC Gets First CC-RAM-Upgraded Osprey 
Bell and Boeing have delivered to the U.S. Marine Corps the first of as many as 129 MV-22 Osprey tiltrotors to undergo the Common Configuration-Readiness and Modernization (CC-RAM) program.
Upgraded Rafales Achieve French Air Force IOC 
The French Air Force has declared an initial operational capability (IOC) with the F3-R upgrade for the Dassault Rafale combat aircraft.
Chilean KC-130 Missing With 38 People On Board 
Latin American air forces have intensified search efforts to locate the wreckage of a Chilean Air Force Lockheed KC-130 Hercules airlifter that was reported missing Dec. 9 during a flight to Antarctica.
Britain Inducts Second Carrier Into Service 
Britain’s Royal Navy has commissioned the second Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carrier, HMS Prince of Wales.
Aero Vodochody Flies Second Prototype L-39NG 
Czech aerospace firm Aero Vodochody has flown the second prototype of the L-39NG jet trainer.
Saab Flies First Production Gripen E For Swedish Air Force 
Saab has flown the first series production JAS 39E Gripen NG fighter destined for the Swedish Air Force.
NATO Awards AFSC Concept Contracts 
Six companies and consortia have been awarded contracts to develop high-level technical concepts for NATO’s Alliance Future Surveillance and Control (AFSC).
Turkish Akinci UAV Performs First Flight 
The largest UAV yet produced in Turkey, with a maximum take-off weight of five metric tons, the Akinci took to the air from Corlu airport, west of Istanbul.
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