Bradley Perrett

Asia-Pacific Bureau Chief,
Aviation Week & Space Technology

Bradley Perrett, based in Beijing, covers China, Japan, South Korea and Australia. He is a Mandarin-speaking Australian who has lived in China since 2004.


Before joining Aviation Week in 2006 he was a macroeconomics, politics and aerospace journalist with Reuters. Perrett holds a bachelor’s degree in law from Macquarie University, Sydney.


Contract Ready But Unsigned For More Indian T-50 Work 
Russia and India have agreed on the terms for the next phase of cooperation on the T-50 fighter program but have not yet committed to them, United Aircraft Corp. says.
HAL’s Proposed Helicopter Would Be In Mi-17, S-92 Class 
Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL) aims at building a rotorcraft in the class of the Sikorsky S-92 and Russian Helicopters Mi-17, initially to meet what it sees as the needs of the Indian air force.
China Has 11 Flanker Versions, With More Possible  5
The proliferation of types and versions means the Chinese air force and navy remain quite dissatisfied with the modernity of their fighters, even as successive models are increasingly competitive against the combat aircraft of rival countries.
Indian Deals Attract Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Saab and UAC  4
Saab alone has hopes of snagging fighter contracts of both the Indian navy and air force. Its JAS 39E/F Gripen meets the air force demand for just one engine, and a carrier-based version is in the works.
Elta To Be KF-X Radar Partner With Limited Role 
Considering South Korea’s lack of experience, there is clearly a chance that ADD and Hanwha will at some point ask Elta for assistance beyond the validation work it will be contracted for.
Boeing Considers Civil Offsets In Indian Naval Fighter Offer 
Boeing’s civil businesses could contribute to the industrial package accompanying an offer of F/A-18E/F Super Hornets for the Indian navy, the company says.
Saab Proposes India Help Develop Carrier-Based Gripen  2
Saab is suggesting deep Indian involvement in the development of the proposed carrier-based version of the JAS 39E Gripen, a contender for New Delhi’s latest fighter requirement.
Elta To Support Development Of S. Korean Radar For KF-X 
Israel’s Elta is likely to be contracted this month for validation work in Hanwha’s program to develop an advanced radar for South Korea’s KF-X indigenous fighter.
Taiwan Launches Development Of F-CK-1 Trainer Derivative 
Taiwan will develop a version of its F-CK-1 Chingkuo fighter as an advanced trainer, rejecting local manufacturing of a foreign design.
Beijing Signals Carrier Plans With AEW Mockup  14
A propeller-driven AEW indicated by a mockup would probably need catapults, which would be hard to justify unless China plans several carriers with catapults.
South Korea’s Next Maritime Helicopters Will Be Imported 
The AW159 Wildcat looks well-placed to win the order for 12 helicopters, which could lead to contracts for a further 42.
Chinese Carrier AEW Mockup Suggests Fleet Ambitions 
The probably intentional revelation of a mockup similar to the Northrop Grumman E-2D Hawkeye suggests Beijing plans a substantial fleet of aircraft carriers.
China Eastern Defends Shanghai, China Southern Eyes Beijing  1
China Southern Airlines will eventually base 200 aircraft at the new airport being built in Beijing’s southern suburbs.
South Korean Navy Assigns Wildcats To Incheon Class Frigates 
The South Korean navy will assign its eight Leonardo AW159 Wildcat helicopters to Incheon-class frigates.
China Eastern Expanding Fleet With Airbus, Boeing Types 
China Eastern Airlines will add four Boeing 777-300ERs and seven Airbus A330-300s to its fleet this year, concentrating all additional widebody aircraft at its home operation in Shanghai.
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