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.

First Long March 5 Assembled At Tianjin 
Chinese rocket builder CALT has assembled the airframe of the first Long March 5, a new type of space launcher that will loft the country’s heaviest loads into space.
Inflation-Adjusted China Defense Budget Up About 7% 
Take China’s 10.1% rise in defense spending and make two adjustments: reduce for the effect of inflation, then increase for the effect of officers now being less able to embezzle the people’s money
Long March 7 First Flight Slips To 2016 
Entry into service of China’s future workhorse space launcher, Long March 7, has slipped again, with the first flight now scheduled for next year.
Airbus Reportedly Favored For KAI LCH-LAH Helicopter 
Selection is due by the end of March, a government official tells the Chosun newspaper in Seoul.
MHI Test Shows Wireless Power Transmission Viable 
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) says it has verified the viability of long-distance wireless power transmission, which could be used for space-based solar power generation, and will now pursue practical application of the technology.
China’s 7% Defense Budget Hike Less Than Earlier Western Media Reports 
In what has become an annual tradition, Western media reports are exaggerating the rise in China’s defense budget, omitting the adjustment for inflation.
Equity Links Fail To Bring Air China, Cathay Close 
Even cross shareholdings of 30% and 18% have failed to meld Air China and Cathay Pacific into anything like an integrated group
New Jiangxi Airlines Aims For Fleet Of 30 By 2020 
The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has authorized the establishment of Jiangxi Airlines, 60% of which will be owned by China Southern Airlines affiliate Xiamen Airlines.
Korean Air Lines, Airbus Bid For KF-X Against KAI 
South Korean fighter program progresses with Korean Air Lines/Airbus teaming to bid for KF-X fighter contract.
RAAF, Happy With E-7 Wedgetail, Plans Upgrade 
The Boeing E-7 Wedgetail airborne early warning and control aircraft, operational with the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) for only about two years, is already in line for upgrades, notably for its Northrop Grumman Mesa radar.
Korean Air, Airbus Bid Against KAI For KF-X 
Korean Airlines, with backing from Airbus, has bid to develop South Korea’s KF-X indigenous fighter, presenting competition to the country’s leading combat aircraft company, Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI).
Middle East Key To Australian Armed UAV Decision 
The prospect of continued combat operations in the Middle East is driving Australia’s contemplated order for armed pilotless aircraft, a move that is backed by one of the country’s leading defense analysts.
Late Software Not Expected To Jeopardize U.S. Marine Corps F-35 IOC 30
The F-35’s version 3F software is still lagging for the aircraft’s development, though version 2B, needed for the Marines, has nearly finished testing.
Kongsberg Adding BAE Passive Radio Seeker To Joint Strike Missile 
The technology is particularly relevant to prospective operators of the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning, because the JSM is designed to fit into the weapons bay of the fighter, preserving its stealthiness.
Indian Order For ShinMaywa US-2 Likely This Year 
India tends to drag out defense equipment orders, but its increasingly close relationship with Japan augurs well for ShinMaywa’s chances of completing a deal for US-2 amphibians.
Mar 27, 2015

U. S., Russian Astronauts Reach International Space Station for One Year Stay 6

"He will do great," predicted NASA astronaut Barry "Butch" Wilmore, who returned to Earth after 5 1/2 months on the ISS earlier this month. Wilmore watched Scott Kelly's lift off from NASA's Mission Control in Houston....More
Mar 26, 2015

Open Skies Over Benelux And Germany

Cold War kids like me still remember the Open Skies treaty, the 1992 agreement by members of NATO and the then Warsaw Pact to allow observation flights over their territory as a confidence-building measure....More
Mar 26, 2015

Pilot Report: Aviation Week Flies The Gripen (1999)

In 1999, Aviation Week's then Editor-in-Chief reported on the capabilities of the Saab Gripen. Read his pilot report....More
Mar 25, 2015

Kepler Achievements Recognized by National Air and Space Museum

"We are discovering all kinds of exotic planets, worlds that have oceans of molten rock, worlds that have not one but two stars rising in the East and setting in the West," said Natalie Batalha, Kepler mission scientist....More
Mar 24, 2015

NavWeek: Semper Why 3

As the U.S. Marine Corps continues to tack back to its expeditionary core and the U.S. remains on course for its Asia-Pacific rebalance, the question of the force’s relevance is again coming to the fore....More
Mar 21, 2015

SpaceX's Gwynne Shotwell Talks Raptor, Falcon 9, CRS-2, Satellite Internet and More 5

During a March 17 luncheon Shotwell touched on developments underway at the Hawthorne, California-based company....More
Mar 20, 2015

Germany To Boost Defense Spending

Germany's finance minister says the pacifist nation must shoulder more military commitments in the coming years....More
Mar 19, 2015

NASA's MAVEN Spacecraft Spots Martian Aurora, Unexplained Dust Cloud

"What's especially surprising about the aurora we saw is how deep in the atmosphere it occurs," said Arnaud Stiepen, a University of Colorado researcher....More

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