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.

KAI Trying To Advance FA-50 Export Deliveries 
Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) is trying to bring forward the first deliveries of FA-50 supersonic attack aircraft for the Philippines and Iraq while also pursuing new export contracts for the type.
Johannesburg, Montreal In Air China 2015 Schedule 
The carrier will also connect Chengdu to Colombo, Sri Lanka and has decided to increase its service between Beijing and Los Angeles to three flights daily, from the current two.
MRJ Engine Run, Wing Subject To Strength Test 
The MRJ is powered by two Pratt & Whitney PW1200 geared turbofans.
Airbus, AgustaWestland Shortlisted For South Korean Helicopter Program 4
South Korea’s LCH-LAH civil-military helo program to decide between Airbus and AgustaWestland offerings.
Japan Considers Airbus X4 For Army UH-X Program  2
Airbus’s advanced X4 helicopter, under consideration for the Japanese army’s UH-X program, could introduce Japan to joint development of arms exports.
Four China Southern Executives Under Investigation 
At least two more managers may be under scrutiny of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, which is the Communist Party office charged with investigating alleged instances of bribery and embezzlement throughout the state sector, local media report.
Airbus Offers X4 For Japanese Army UH-X
Airbus is urging Japan to base its next army utility helicopter on the X4, an advanced rotorcraft that the European manufacturer is developing for the civil market.
China Carriers To Focus On Foreign Market In 2015 
The relative strength of demand for international traffic reflects rising Chinese incomes.
Boeing, Airbus, Korean Air Join To Bid For KF-X 12
Airbus and Boeing are jointly attempting to unseat Lockheed Martin from South Korea’s KF-X indigenous fighter program, offering technology from Europe that could not be supplied from U.S. sources, industry officials say.
Rational Expansion Key For Asia-Pacific Airlines 

The growth potential in many Asia-Pacific markets offers airlines an opportunity unrivaled in any other global region. However, carriers here are also facing the fact that to tap into the expected bonanza, they must remain financially viable in the short term.

This is one of the challenges facing most Asian airlines in 2015—growing sufficiently to ensure they can grab their share of the action without creating capacity oversupply. Market data show that the balance tipped too far toward supply in 2014, and now a readjustment is needed.

A320neo First Delivery Will Herald Era Of Reengined Derivatives  6
Airlines are showing by their orders that they are willing to accept the reengined derivative concept for narrowbodies as well as widebodies. And manufacturers in Asia are edging further into the civil aircraft production field.
KAI Shortlists Airbus, AgustaWestland For LCH-LAH 
Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI), the intended prime contractor, may select between the two of them as early as the first quarter of 2015, but the choice will need approval from the defense ministry. The candidate base designs are the Airbus EC155 B1 and the AgustaWestland AW169.
Taiwan’s V Air To Fly To Thailand, Japan, Korea 
The low-cost carrier (LLC) does not, however, plan to enter the large market for air services between Taiwan and mainland China.
Japan Navy UH-X Helicopter Choice Expected By March 
Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) has teamed with AgustaWestland in offering the AW101, while Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) and Sikorsky propose a variant of the H-60.
Australia Switches Defense Ministers 
The switch may not, however, change the direction of Australian defense policy, because Prime Minister Tony Abbott himself has been closely involved in determining it.
Jan 26, 2015

New Photos: Chilled Lightning 2

F-35 begins extreme climate testing....More
Jan 26, 2015

Boeing 777 -- Unveiling A Design Classic (1990) 1

No matter how you gauge the success of Boeing’s 777, whether in terms of sales, profitability, safety, versatility, longevity or derivatives, few can argue the remarkable impact the twinjet has made on the industry since entering service almost 20 years ago....More
Jan 23, 2015

When Lockheed Martin Won The JSF Award (2001) 14

During its nearly 100 years of coverage, Aviation Week & Space Technology has covered many controversial programs. Perhaps none has been as big in terms of sheer value and global reach as the nine-nation, stealthy F-35 fighter project....More
Jan 22, 2015

10 Things To Watch In The 2016 Budget Request

Six years into his presidency, President Barack Obama is planning to finally submit his budget request to Congress on time—meaning the week of Feb. 2 this year....More
Jan 21, 2015

NASA's Dawn Spacecraft Finds Icy Ceres Cratered 2

"We know so much about the solar system and yet so little about dwarf planet Ceres," said Marc Rayman, Dawn's mission manager. "Now, Dawn is ready to change that."...More
Jan 21, 2015

Peru Goes Dutch For SAR Helicopters

Peru will buy three used AB-412 search and rescue (SAR) helicopters from the Netherlands, Defense Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert informed parliament Jan. 19....More
Jan 20, 2015

Belgian Army Patrols City Streets

It was not a long weekend like it was in the States, but I felt the presence of the Belgian army on the streets of Brussels Jan. 17 when I saw a Light Multirole Vehicle bristling with antennas turn the corner on Rue Royale and drive past the parliament....More
Jan 20, 2015

RNLAF F-35s Go To Edwards Air Force Base

Two Royal Netherlands Air Force F-35s flew to Edwards Air Force Base Jan. 16 for the operational test and evaluation phase....More

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