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.


Australia Looks At Further CH-47F Order 
The program has run ahead of schedule and is about 10% under budget, says Rear Adm. Tony Dalton, the manager of the Australian defense department’s helicopter acquisitions.
Australia Keeping Tiger Until At Least 2020s 
Australia will decide next decade whether to replace or modernize its 22 Airbus Tiger attack helicopters, which are only now moving toward full operational status 14 years after they were ordered.
NH90 Fixes Likely To Satisfy Australia By 2016 
The Australian version of the NHIndustries NH90 helicopter should be removed from Canberra’s Projects of Concern list in 2016.
Long March 6 Flies, Demonstrates Critical Engine 
Long March 6, the first member of China’s new launcher family, flew for the first time on Sept. 20.
Thailand Becomes Fifth Customer Of KAI T-50 
Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) has won a fifth customer for its T-50 family of supersonic trainers and light attackers, with Thailand agreeing to buy four of the aircraft.
China To Test Fast-Response Space Launcher 
China is due to conduct the first flight of the solid-propellant Long March 11 space launcher ahead of schedule on Sept. 25.
China Allocates Airbus A330s To Four Airlines  6
China Aviation Supplies—the agency that buys aircraft in bulk for Chinese airlines—has also allocated 15 of the aircraft to China Eastern, five to Tibet Airlines and five to Sichuan Airlines, industry sources said.
Australia Will Decide Tiger’s Future In Next Decade  2
Australia’s Airbus Tiger helicopters, which were under threat of abrupt replacement early this year, are proving their worth. Belated declaration of final operational capability is likely only a few months away.
Airbus Fixing Remaining Australian NH90 Faults  1
After years of delays and development problems, Australia’s MRH90 helicopters are finally going into service.
Australian CH-47F, MH-60R Orders Ahead Of Schedule  3
The smooth performance of helicopter deliveries to Australia under U.S. FMS contracts contrasts with troublesome programs for two Airbus types that were immature when ordered
China Slow To Finalize Updated Narrowbody Orders  1
Finalized Chinese orders for reengined narrowbody airliners remain scant, with Boeing listing only 42 737 Max aircraft as definitively under contract with the country.
Comac: China Air Traffic To Grow 6.8% In Next Two Decades 
Chinese air passenger traffic will grow at an average annual rate of 6.8% between this year and 2034, Comac says.
Airbus Schedules 2016-18 Delivery For Latest China A330 Order 
Deliveries of the 45 Airbus A330s in China’s latest order for the type will begin next year and extend until at least 2018, the manufacturer has said, adding that it fully expects Beijing to confirm an additional order for 30 so far covered only by a memorandum of understanding.
Thai Carrier Acquiring ARJ21s, C919s Through ICBC Leasing 
Thai carrier City Airways has agreed to acquire 10 Comac ARJ21-700s and 10 C919s through ICBC Leasing, greatly expanding a fleet that is currently composed of just four Boeing 737-400s.
Airbus Drops Bid For Japanese Navy UH-X Program 
Airbus has pulled out of a second Japanese military aircraft competition, saying it could barely compete for the naval UH-X helicopter order under terms that emphasized local production.

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