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.



MBDA Prepares Meteor For F-35 Testing 
The UK defense ministry has signed a £41 million ($52.36 million) contract that will pave the way for the integration of the MBDA Meteor beyond visual-range air-to-air missile onto the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.
Norway’s Parliament Urged To Approve Tanker Fleet Membership 
The Norwegian government is urging the country’s Parliament to green light Oslo’s membership in the Dutch-led Multinational Multi-Role Tanker Transport Fleet.
In Europe, USAF F-35s Blaze Trail For Future Deployments  10
F-35 to fly with British Typhoons, Dutch F16s and USAF F-15s during UK deployment.
Anglo-French Anti-Ship Missile Makes Testing Progress  3
The first test firings of MBDA’s Sea Venom are planned for later in 2017.
USAF F-35 Kicks Off NATO Deployment 
The F-35 may be designed to be low-observable, but the arrival into the UK of eight aircraft for the type’s first overseas deployment with the U.S. Air Force has been anything but.
F-35 Brake Parachute Testing Underway For Norway, Netherlands 
The F-35 Joint Program Office has begun testing the brake parachute system being developed for the air arms of the Netherlands and Norway.
Irish Coast Guard Helo Struck Terrain Without Warning  1
Irish air accident investigators probing the fatal crash of an Irish Coast Guard Sikorsky S-92 last month have confirmed that the helicopter was flown into terrain that did not appear on the aircraft’s Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning System.
German Energy Company To Test UAV-Based Electric Turbine 
AWES is a potential alternative to wind turbines. The technology, developed by Ampyx, uses a fixed-wing autonomous air vehicle tethered to an offshore platform.
German Company To Test UAV-Based Electric Turbine 
Germany’s E.ON electricity company is partnering with Dutch renewable energy startup Ampyx Power to demonstrate the potential of airborne wind energy systems.
Typhoon Production Stretching To 2023  8
Eurofighter continues hunt for orders, as production reaches 500-aircraft milestone.
Alabama Base Trains Next Generation Of U.S. Army Aviators 17
Aviation Week visits Fort Rucker, Alabama, to find out more about how the Army and industry are training the next generation of the service’s aviators.
Britain Wants To Re-Supply Front-Line Troops With UAVs  2
The UK defense ministry is challenging industry and academia to develop unmanned systems that can supply troops on the front-line.
Eurofighter Continues Hunt For Orders As Production Ebbs  1
With the delivery by Leonardo of the 500th Eurofighter Typhoon to the Italian Air Force, production of the multinational combat aircraft is now entering its twilight years.
Airbus, Romania’s IAR Sign H215M Helicopter Accord 
Airbus Helicopters and Romanian aerospace firm Industria Aeronautică Română (IAR) have signed an exclusivity agreement on local sales of the H215M.
U.S. Army Transitioning Rotary-Wing Training To Lakota  2
The Army is crunching data to prove whether the Lakota is delivering a better aviator.