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 Korean Tactical Ballistic Missile To Be Ready By 2018 
The new weapons are intended to counter North Korean artillery bombardment of border areas, including Seoul.
South Korea Developing Anti-Armor Missile For LAH Helicopter 
Hanhwa and South Korea’s defense technology organization are developing an anti-armor missile for the Korea Aerospace Industries LAH light-attack helicopter.
Boeing: MBDA Meteor Wanted By Non-U.S. F-15 Operators 
Air forces operating the Boeing F-15 Eagle are almost universally interested in the MBDA Meteor becoming available as a weapon for the fighter, Boeing says.
S. Korean Tactical Ballistic Missile To Be Ready By End Of 2018 
South Korea’s defense technology organization and Hanwha are working toward completing development of a tactical ballistic missile by the end of 2018.
Proposed Lynx Upgrade Likely To Involve S. Korean Industry 
A local partner is likely to be heavily involved in a proposed upgrade of half of the Lynx helicopters in service with the Republic of Korea Navy.
South Korea's KF-X Grows Considerably In Development  14
The MBDA Meteor and Diehl IRIS-T missiles will equip the KAI KF-X, which is also getting a two-seat version. Aircraft dimensions have expanded.
Chinese State Launch Group Contracts Out Fabrication 
Newly established Chinese commercial space launch company Expace is using outside suppliers for much of the fabrication of its solid-propellant rockets.
Engineers ID Fault That Caused Long March 5 Failure 
Chinese space engineers have identified the fault that caused the failure of the second flight of their country’s largest space launcher, Long March 5.
Long March 5 Fault Identified; Other Launchers Unaffected  1
A manufacturing fault in a YF-77 engine caused China’s July 2 launch failure. No other Chinese rocket uses that engine type.
Japanese Expander-bleed Engine Progresses Toward 2020 Flight  3
Tests demonstrate stable combustion and reliable start-up for the LE-9 main engine of Japan’s H3 space launcher.
CR929 model.
What’s In A Name? It Depends On The Language 
Chinese and Russian partners developing a new widebody have adopted a permanent name for the aircraft, variously shown as CR 929 and CR929.
China Willing To Consider Foreign Modules On Space Station 
Beijing could add two or three modules to the planned three-node station if enough countries express interest.
Beijing And Moscow Agree On Initial Widebody Engine Research  3
Russia and China each have plans for an engine for the widebody now called the CR929. But they have agreed to cooperate.
Comac’s Narrowbody Aircraft Resumes Flight Testing 
China’s commercial aircraft builder, Comac, was obviously not ready for flight testing when it flew the C919 for the first time in May.
Japanese Reusable Space Launch Testbed To Fly In Fiscal ’18 
Japan will fly a testbed reusable sounding rocket in the fiscal year beginning in April 2018, aiming to demonstrate vertical landings and 24-hr. turnarounds—capabilities that could later be applied to the first stage of a space launcher.
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