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.


BAE To Support Australian Hawks Until At Least 2020 
Australia has awarded a two-year contract extension for BAE Systems to maintain Hawk Mk. 127 jet trainers.
China Hot Tests Motor For Lunar Missions 
A program begun in 2008 results in testing of China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp.’s fattest solid-propellant motor so far.
North Korea Successfully Tests SLBM 
North Korea appears to have taken a large step toward complicating Japanese and South Korean defenses by successfully testing a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM).
Chinese Rules Help Explain Popularity Of Australian Routes 

BEIJING—Chinese government promotions likely are a key factor behind the unusual prevalence of Australian destinations in Chinese airlines’ intercontinental route development.                                                               &nbs

Burgeoning Australian Flights Help Chinese Officials  1
Chinese cities want intercontinental air services. Routes to Australia cost them less.
Japan Seeks Anti-Ship Missile, UAV Programs, Reports Say 
A new ground-to-ship missile, a technology development program leading to a pilotless fighter demonstrator in the 2030s and maybe Boeing F-15 Eagle upgrades are among programs from the imminent Japanese defense budget request leaked to media.
China Test Fires 3-Meter-Dia. Solid Rocket Motor 
China has successfully test fired a large solid-propellant rocket motor that the manufacturer says could be used in a super-heavy launcher for manned Moon landings.
China Express Closes In On A320 Acquisition 
Regional jet operator China Express Airlines has secured a supply of Airbus A320-family aircraft or is close to doing so.
China Eastern Plans Up To Five New Australian Services 
Australians should keep their red carpets cleaned and ready, because China Eastern Airlines alone may open five more routes to their country between late October and late March 2017.
Transasia Closing Budget Subsidiary V Air 
V Air’s business was mainly leisure oriented. It operated most routes daily, or almost daily.
South Korea Reportedly Negotiating For Raytheon SM-3 
Equipping South Korean destroyers with SM-3s would be the latest in a series of measures in which Seoul and Washington are strongly reinforcing the country’s defenses against a growing North Korean ballistic-missile threat.
China Airlines To Lease 737-800s For Fleet Renewal 
China Airlines says it will begin receiving six Boeing 737-800s leased from BOC Aviation in September.
CAAC Relaxes Ban On New Airlines, Considers Candidates 
The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), relaxing its safety-focused ban on new airlines, may approve 1–2 carriers setting up this year, industry sources said.
Rattled By North Korean Test, Japan Steps Up Missile Defense  14
A North Korean ballistic missile shot will encourage moves in Tokyo to strengthen defenses with imported U.S. systems.
South Korean Ballistic-Missile Defenses Strengthening  6
The next possible addition to Seoul’s defense against North Korean ballistic missiles could involve equipping destroyers with Raytheon SM-3 interceptors.

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