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.


Donghai To Start Shenzhen-Darwin Flights 
Chinese narrowbody aircraft operator Donghai Airlines proposes to open the first scheduled services between China and Darwin in northern Australia, a tourism market.
Japanese Fighter Engine Program Advances To Core Testing  2
IHI Corp. has delivered a core demonstrator for a fighter engine that will be more than three times as powerful as any Japan has previously developed.
Airbus-China Deal Likely A Repeat Announcement 
Airbus’s July 5 announcement of a contract with the Chinese government for 140 commercial aircraft appears to include already ordered aircraft.
Long March 5 Failure May Delay Other Chinese Space Projects 
Because Long March 5 failed a test mission, timing of space station construction and lunar missions is in doubt. Until the cause is revealed, related launchers must be suspect.
Upgraded Australian BAE Hawks Initially Operational 

BEIJING—Australia has declared initial operational capability for upgraded BAE Systems Hawk trainers that will support its force of Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightnings.                                                                  &nb

North Korea Shares Rocket Stages Between Ballistic Missiles 
The North Korean intercontinental ballistic missile tested on July 4 is a two-stage derivative of the intermediate-range weapon that made its first flight in May.
Australia Begins Wedgetail Upgrades Two Years After FOC 
Reflecting the importance of the Wedgetail to the RAAF, this program has been announced only two years after the type achieved final operational capability.
Japan To Test Core For Future Fighter Engine 
Japanese government defense engineers this month will begin testing the core of an advanced turbofan proposed for a 2030s indigenous fighter.
Travel Agency Tongcheng Buys China’s Hongtu Airlines 
Chinese online travel agency Tongcheng Group has bought control of small, newly established Hongtu Airlines, aiming to copy the successful business model of rival Spring Travel and its Spring Airlines subsidiary.
Lockheed Martin Offers Modified F-35 For Japan—Report 
The Nikkei newspaper reports Lockheed Martin is offering an improved version of the F-35 Lightning for Japan’s requirement for a fighter to deploy in the 2030s.
Long March 5 Failure Casts Doubt On Chinese Space Schedule  51
Failure of a Long March 5 launcher on the type’s second mission has dealt a possibly severe blow to China’s space program, at least casting doubt over the timing of planned missions that rely on the rocket.
China Claims Strong Progress With Lifting-Body Space Launchers  2
Calt is pursuing three paths to reusable space launch: lifting bodies and, for wingless rockets, parachute recovery and powered landings.
Long March 8 And 5B To Widen China’s New Launcher Family 
Calt will make Long March 8 with propulsion modules from other space launchers. Long March 5B will omit a module.
Casc Aims Solid-Propellant Motors At Commercial Space Launch 
Casc’s Xian propulsion institute will lighten its P35 solid-propellant motor, then develop a larger derivative, presumably for a new space launcher
First Japanese F-35 Emerges from MHI
It’s a far cry from the early 1970s, when Mitsubishi Heavy Industries built some 20 F-4 Phantoms a year, but the company has just rolled out the first of 38 Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightnings scheduled for local assembly.
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