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 Takes Over Support Of RAAF Hawks 
Since BAE has performed overhauls on the 33 aircraft since delivering them to the RAAF between 1999 and 2001, the new contract with the defense department means it will be responsible for all maintenance of the aircraft.
Japanese Missile Guidance Aims At Stealth Targets 

Japanese defense technologists are working on an anti-aircraft missile guidance system that would better handle stealthy targets by predicting their movements.

By calculating where a maneuvering target will be, the system can detect low-radar-cross-section aircraft at longer ranges and optimize the flight path of the missile, says the defense ministry’s Technology Research and Development Institute (TRDI).

The work is part of a TRDI technology-acquisition program for future Japanese air-to-air and surface-to-air missiles.

Long March 5 Propulsion System Verified, 2016 Flight Planned 
A year before its delayed first flight, the largest of China’s new family of space launchers is progressing through testing. The propulsion systems of the two core stages and the booster have now all been fired.
China Airlines Adds Taipei-Melbourne-Christchurch 
Plans for the service follow what the Taiwanese airline reports as success on seasonal services to Sydney and Brisbane in Australia, and Auckland and Christchurch in New Zealand.
Taiwan’s V Air To Open Taipei-Busan Service 
But V Air has given up its attempt at serving Macau, instead reinforcing its Bangkok route.
State Investors Selling Out Of Qingdao Airlines 
Further distancing the airline from official local backers, the board of directors has voted to change the company name to Xin Long Hangkong, which could be translated as New Dragon Airlines.
Australia Advances Frigate Construction To 2020 
Australia has moved forward construction of its next frigate class by three years to 2020 and confirmed its plan to maintain a permanent naval construction industry fed with continuous orders.
MHI Begins Final Assembly Of Seventh MRJ Test Airframe 
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) has begun final assembly of the last of seven airframes that will be used in the main certification program for the Mitsubishi Aircraft MRJ regional jet.
China Begins Final Long March 5 Engine Hot Tests 
Chinese engineers have begun the final series of firing tests of the propulsion system of the Long March 5 heavy space launcher, an evaluation process the manufacturer describes as unusually complex.
Chinese Airline Growth Boosted By Inter-Asia Expansion 
Mainland Chinese airlines’ international traffic growth is galloping ahead of their domestic business this year, with Asian regional destinations—notably tourist markets in Japan—leading the way.
International Traffic Growth Eclipsing Domestic In China 
Mainland Chinese airlines’ international traffic growth is galloping ahead of their domestic business this year, with Asian regional destinations leading.
Xiamen Airlines Plans To Order Up To Six 787-9s 
Xiamen Airlines is eager to buy up to six Boeing 787-9s to add to the six 787-8s it has begun using to open long, thin routes to its home province, Chairman Che Shanglun says.
Plowing U.S. Airline Profits Into Foreign Airline Shares  1
Some U.S. carriers are fiscally creative with profits, acquiring small stakes in some major airlines in potentially lucrative demographic areas.
Boeing Prepares T-X For First Flight As Competition Intensifies  21
Boeing and Saab are close to flying their new advanced trainer, but M-346 could be back in the race soon.

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