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.

Avic To Begin TA600 Assembly Around Year-End 
Avic aims to fly its big new amphibian next year
Japanese Defense Ministry Seeks Engine Program 
A "prototype" engine from IHI Corp. should be ready by around 2020, the paper says. Development will cost ¥40 billion ($385 million) and will be aimed at supporting the production of a proposed Japanese fighter, the F-3.
Australian LHD Running Final Contractor Sea Trials 
The first of Australia’s two new assault ships is running its final contractor sea trials, reinforcing expectations that the program will meet its revised schedule.
Japanese Advance Plans For Another Air-Capable Assault Ship 2
Tokyo eyes additional large aviation-capable ship
Avic Capital In Talks To Buy Lessor Avolon 
In a stock-exchange statement, Avic Capital denies a newspaper report that the deal will be valued at 12 billion euros ($16 billion). Reuters reported last week that Avic Capital and state-run firm China Investment Corp. were negotiating to buy Avolon for $4-5 billion, including the value of debt that they would assume in the acquisition.
South Korea To Commission Second Assault Ship In 2020 
The design will be improved from that of South Korea’s first such ship, Dokdo, which displaces 19,300 metric tons when fully loaded.
Japan To Buy Three RQ-4s: Report 
The unmanned surveillance aircraft reportedly will be operated by a tri-service joint unit at the Misawa airbase in northern Japan, with the aim of entry-into-service after five years.
Japanese Fighter Demo To Fly In January 
Japan’s ATD-X fighter technology demonstrator is due to fly in January 2015, confirming that the program is holding to its latest schedule.
Australia Lowers Specification For New Submarines 
Australia has lowered the requirements for its next class of submarines, cutting the risk and cost of a program that could carry a good deal of both.
AgustaWestland Offers AW169 Derivative To KAI
Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) and AgustaWestland would jointly develop a derivative of the AW169 if the Italian-British manufacturer is chosen for South Korea’s LCH-LAH helicopter program.
Chinese Seeing Familiar Obstacles To Budget Aviation
Airspace, skills shortages are obstacles to Chinese low-cost operations
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