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.


Japanese Industry Urges Quick Start Of Fighter Program  8
Accumulated technological preparation, a record of cost control and a need to transfer experience argue for getting on with the next Japanese fighter, says local industry.
China Southern Construction Begins At New Beijing Airport 
China Southern Airlines has begun work on buildings and installations at Beijing’s upcoming new airport, preparing to move more than 20,000 employees into the facility after its planned completion in 2019.
China Southern Assesses Value Of SkyTeam, Option Of Leaving 
Managers have been asked how SkyTeam membership helps them in their work, and what would be the effect of quitting.
Japan’s Defense Ministry Urged To Start Fighter Program Soon 
The Japanese aeronautics industry is pushing for an early start to development of the country’s next fighter.
China Southern Airlines Boeing 787.
China Southern Quizzes Managers About Leaving SkyTeam 
China Southern Airlines, a SkyTeam member that is now partly owned by Oneworld mainstay American Airlines, has indirectly raised with managers the possibility of shifting to another alliance.
S. Korea Reviewing Chunggung Block 2 Anti-Missile Program 
The South Korean government is reviewing plans to put an indigenous anti-ballistic missile system into large-scale production.
South Korea Tackles Challenging Systems Development In KF-X  10
Local engineers are at least nominally taking the lead in equipping South Korea’s indigenous fighter with equipment from radar to hydraulics.
South Korea Wants Airborne Early Warning, Maritime Patrol Aircraft  1
Seoul probably has enough airborne early warning aircraft for the front facing North Korea; any additional ones would face China and Japan.
South Korea Unlikely To Exploit Surveillance Commonality 
South Korea is likely to pass up a chance at economizing on support costs by linking requirements for maritime patrollers and airborne early warning aircraft.
Proposed Compact Taurus Likely Would Fit In F-35 Bays 
The consortium of MBDA and Saab that builds the Taurus KEPD 350 bunker-busting missile thinks a proposed compact version probably could fit in the weapon bays of Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightnings.
South Korean Engineers Take On KF-X Systems Challenge 
South Korean engineers are, at least nominally, taking the lead in developing onboard systems for the KF-X. Whether they are always in fact leading is not so certain, since many foreign companies have been hired to assist.
Taurus Missile Consortium Proposes Compact Bunker Buster  2
Taurus is too big for the Korea Aerospace Industries FA-50. A proposed compact version would probably fit inside the F-35, too.
South Korea Close To Seeking Bids For Naval Helicopters 
The expected order for 12 helicopters will help fill a Republic of Korea Navy requirement for 40 new shipborne rotorcraft for anti-submarine and anti-ship operations.
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.
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