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.


Proposed Japanese Combat Aircraft Is Bigger Than F-22  12
Drawing up a concept that emphasizes weapon load and endurance over maneuverability, designers at the Japanese defense ministry have come up with an aircraft that is longer than the F-22 and has a considerably greater wingspan.
Hainan Airlines Plans Three London Services 
Hainan Airlines is making a big push into the London market, applying to open routes in 2017 between the British capital and three Chinese cities.
Japanese Future Fighter Bigger Than Raptor, Sized For Meteor 
Japan’s proposed indigenous fighter would be larger than the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor and is designed around the carriage of missiles the size of the MBDA Meteor.
South Korean Air Force Passes 5,000 Flights With T-50 
The South Korean air force has accumulated 5,000 flights with Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) T-50 family of jets.
S. Korean Parliament Refuses To Hike F-35 Budget  28
The South Korean Parliament has refused a defense ministry request to spend 30% more on Lockheed Martin F-35 acquisition in 2017 than originally planned.
HNA, Chengdu Seek To Form Low-Cost ‘Divine Bird’ Airline 
HNA Group and the government of Chengdu have agreed to establish what is expected to be a low-cost carrier in that southwestern Chinese city, fulfilling an old ambition by the conglomerate to expand there.
Upgrade For Japan’s UH-X Will Raise Bell 412 Weight 
Upgrading the Bell 412 for Japan’s UH-X military program will produce a significantly improved helicopter for the civil market, including a higher gross weight.
Japan’s UH-X Upgrade Will Raise Bell 412 Weight 
Upgrading the Bell 412 for Japan’s UH-X military program will produce a significantly improved helicopter for the civil market, including a higher gross weight.
Big Chinese Air-to-Air Missile Could Hit Support Aircraft  19
The latest Chinese air-to-air missile is comparable with a long-range surface-to-air weapon in size and appearance, so its range is probably well over 200 km.
China's Big Air-To-Air Missile Likely Targets Support Aircraft 
A new Chinese air-to-air weapon is comparable to a long-range surface-to-air missile in size and appearance and therefore can probably reach well more than 200 km (120 mi.).
Bell, FHI To Raise 412 Maximum Weight For UH-X  4
The Bell 412 will be built and assembled on both sides of the Pacific. FHI’s manufacturing setup will be a second production line, says Bell.
China Southern ‘Close’ To A350, 777-300ER Orders 
China Southern Airlines is close to ordering 20 Airbus A350s and 6-10 Boeing 777-300ERs, industry sources say, as the carrier moves to meet surging Chinese demand for international tourism.
Australia Strengthening Indigenous Electronic Warfare Capabilities 
Australia is putting renewed efforts into what has been a neglected national capability in electronic warfare.
Australia Promotes Multinational Effort To Improve NH90 Helos  3
Possible changes to the NH90 helicopter include more payload, enhanced electro-optical system and teaming with unmanned aircraft.
Fourth MRJ Prototype Makes First Flight 
The fifth flight-test aircraft will stay at Nagoya, Japan, the home of the program and location of final-assembly facilities.
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