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.


South Korea Likely To Boost Weapon, Sensor Orders 
A politically influential conference between the South Korean government and the strongest party in parliament has recommended a number of defense import purchases.
FHI Completes One Efficiency Drive And Starts Another 
In seeking manufacturing efficiencies, Fuji Heavy Industries is targeting work time spent moving parts onto and off tools.
FHI Renews Cost Drive Following Successful Effort 
Major Boeing supplier Fuji Heavy Industries (FHI) is making a strenuous effort to improve efficiency, even as it reports successful completion of a 2011–15 cost-cutting drive.
Report Raises Chance Of More Australian F/A-18 Super Hornets  28
An Australian parliamentary panel calls for “a hedging strategy to address the risk of a capability gap resulting from further delays to the acquisition of the F-35A.”
Latest Chinese Manned Space Mission Marks Step Toward Station  5
The rendezvous and docking of Shenzhou-11, a manned mission launched on Oct. 17, with the Tiangong-2 orbiting laboratory relied on improved technology.
Comac C919 Likely To Fly In Second-Quarter 2017  2
An unannounced slippage in C919 flight testing implies a delay in the undisclosed target for first delivery, which had previously been set for 2019.
Shenzhou 11 Docks With Tiangong 2, Demonstrates New Sensors 
China’s Shenzhou 11 manned space mission has achieved a key objective, demonstrating new docking technology in mating with the Tiangong 2 orbital laboratory.
Big Avic Civil Programs: Turboprop, Chopper, Flying Boat 
The MA700 is progressing too slowly to make its scheduled first flight in June 2017.
Australian Panel Urges Preparation For F-35 Alternative 
An Australian parliamentary committee has called for preparation in case of further delay in the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning program, increasing the possibility of the country ordering more Boeing Super Hornets.
F-15s, Meteors May Fit Japan’s Concept For Air Combat 
MBDA is encouraging Japan to consider the Boeing F-15 as a potential carrier of the company’s Meteor ramjet missile.
Next Orders Should Complete Japan’s MV-22 Requirement 

TOKYO—Bell expects Japan to place orders completing its stated requirement for 17 MV-22B Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft in the next two years.                                                                       

MBDA, Saab Begin Taurus Deliveries To South Korea 
MBDA and Saab have begun deliveries of Taurus KEPD 350K standoff missiles to South Korea, as the country moves to increase its order for the weapon.
Taiwan’s Ncsist Begins Volume Production Of Tien-Kung III 
Taiwanese missile maker Ncsist has begun volume production of the Tien-Kung III air defense system while also working on an improved version.
Japan Leaning To Indigenous Fighter For 2030s 
The Japanese defense ministry looks increasingly likely to recommend building an indigenous fighter for service in the 2030s under the designation F-3.
China Launches Two Astronauts To New Mini-Station  58
Two Chinese astronauts have lifted off for the the Tiangong 2 docking target, a Salyut-class mini-space station acting as a training ground for operations at the larger orbital laboratory planned for launch in 2022.

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