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.

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 20
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.
Design Of India’s AMCA Fighter Fixed, Budget Next 
While New Delhi negotiates for a small share of Sukhoi T-50 development, its defense ministry engineers prepare a fighter that would be 80% Indian
Thailand Orders Six EC145 VIP Helicopters 
The order will not add a new type to the army’s fleet, because the army has also ordered six EC145s in the type’s military utility version, the UH-72A Lakota.
India Freezes AMCA Fighter Design 
Indian defense ministry aircraft designers have frozen the configuration of a proposed medium-weight Indian fighter that they expect to fly early in the 2020s.
JSF Program Working To Recover Software Slippage 
The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program estimates a four-five month delay in delivering the aircraft’s fully functional software package and is working to recover that slippage.
Indian Order For ShinMaywa US-2 Expected This Year 
ShinMaywa will probably choose a private local partner to help build the aircraft for the Indian navy, and perhaps make parts for export. Local content is the key issue to be settled before a contract.
BAE Promotes Armed Hawk To India 
BAE Systems is promoting the armed version of its Hawk trainer at the Aero India air show as a possible conversion for India, which has ordered 123 of the type.
Pending Indian Helo Competitions Total 434 Units 
Among the open competitions, the closest to selection is the coast guard helicopter.
Orders Await For Nine Indian Helicopter Programs 
Even if India does not meet its requirement for 1,000 new helicopters by 2020, its military will be ordering a vast number of new rotorcraft.
Eurojet Works With KAI, Korean Airlines On KF-X 
Eurojet is working with both prospective bidders for South Korea’s KF-X program, as the industry prepares responses to a second call for offers due this month.
Fuel Price Drop Does Not Deter Cathay’s A340-Retirement Plan 
On the same day as the first A340-300 is retired, three Boeing 747-400s will also leave the fleet.
Mar 2, 2015

1969: The Concorde's Hopeful First Flight 2

On March 2, 1969, Aviation Week’s Donald Fink was on hand to witness the first flight of the supersonic Anglo-French Concorde in Toulouse, France....More
Mar 1, 2015

U.S. Spacewalkers Complete Space Station Docking Port Antenna Installations, Cable Extensions 2

"That was an amazing effort," said NASA spacewalker Terry Virts....More
Feb 27, 2015

NavWeek: Running With the Pac

The general feeling among many of China’s naval neighbors and in U.S. military circles is that China has been turning into a bit of a bully in (re)staking territorial claims in the seas off its coasts....More
Feb 27, 2015

A400M Faces Production Challenges in 2015

Initially, Airbus was supposed to deliver 22 aircraft to at least four customers this year....More
Feb 27, 2015

Pilot Report: Flying The Embraer 170 (2003)

Former Editor-in-Chief Dave North wrote pilot reports on more than 120 aircraft during his career at Aviation Week. His visits to Embraer began in 1978, long before the Brazilian company’s privatization and emergence as a powerhouse in regional jets. Here, he recalls his Embraer experiences, culminating in a test flight of the E170....More
Feb 26, 2015

France's Defense Procurement Agency Saved By Rafale Sale

French exports were up in 2014, but the year ahead brings uncertainty....More
Feb 25, 2015

Inside The Roc's Lair 17

A rare glimpse of the world's largest aircraft under assembly in Mojave, California...More
Feb 25, 2015

Pilot Report: Aviation Week Flies The Lockheed Martin U-2 (1999)

In 1999 Aviation Week's former Editor-in-Chief reached the highest altitude he had ever flown, in a U-2. Read his pilot report....More

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