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.

Tight Malaysian Finances Raise Saab Gripen Chances 
Malaysia will probably order fighters in 2016-20 to replace a MiG-29 fleet that is already declining. The timing may be too late for the Super Hornet.
Hainan Airlines To Order 30 787s, Take United Slots 
Some details of the Hainan Airlines order need to be settled before signature, the Chinese carrier has told the Shanghai Stock Exchange.
Gripen Candidate For Four Southeast Asian Countries 
Four Southeast Asian countries are possible buyers of the Saab Gripen C/D, with Indonesia the most prospective customer.
Long March 7 Is Delayed Again, Due To Fly In 2016 1
A new problem may have emerged to push the Long March 7 first flight into 2016.
Malaysia Expected To Order Fighters In 2016-20
Malaysia’s long-running requirement for a MiG-29 replacement is expected to turn into an order in the country’s 2016-20 planning period, with the Saab Gripen looking like a prospect.
Malaysia Seen Ordering Helicopters In 2016-2020 
Helicopter manufacturers expect Malaysia to order rotorcraft for at least search and rescue (SAR) missions in 2016-2020, possibly adding military functions to the requirement.
KAI Chooses Airbus H155 Over AW169 For LCH-LAH 
South Korea’s LCH-LAH is supposed to become the leading 5-ton helicopter. But the base type chosen by Korean Aerospace Industries, the Airbus H155, has not been a strong seller. And there is not a lot of time to make big improvements before the targeted 2020 entry into service.
Australian Tiger Helos Will Meet Flight Target, Airbus Says 
The Australian army’s Tiger helicopters, still not fully operational for service more than 10 years after the first aircraft were delivered, are on track to meet a key availability target next year, manufacturer Airbus says.
Japan, Australia Could Add To Osprey Order Book 6
Bell Helicopter sees a chance that Japan will buy more MV-22 Ospreys than the 17 budgeted for the coming financial year.
Airod Eyes Indonesian Market For 737 Freighters 
With a territory spanning thousands of islands, Indonesia makes an ideal market for small freighters, Airod Aerospace Chief Marketing Officer Syahril Shariff says. In Indonesia, air freight is often the only alternative to carrying goods domestically by sea.
KAI Chooses Airbus H155 As Basis Of LCH-LAH 
Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) has chosen the Airbus H155 as the basis for LCH-LAH civil and military helicopter, adding South Korean production of more than 200 units to a program that the European manufacturer is replacing.
Y-20 Deliveries May Begin Soon, AVIC Says 
Deliveries of the AVIC Y-20 Roc heavy airlifter may not be far away, says the manufacturer’s deputy chief designer, Tang Changhong.
First Long March 5 Assembled At Tianjin 
Chinese rocket builder CALT has assembled the airframe of the first Long March 5, a new type of space launcher that will loft the country’s heaviest loads into space.
Mar 27, 2015

U. S., Russian Astronauts Reach International Space Station for One Year Stay 1

"He will do great," predicted NASA astronaut Barry "Butch" Wilmore, who returned to Earth after 5 1/2 months on the ISS earlier this month. Wilmore watched Scott Kelly's lift off from NASA's Mission Control in Houston....More
Mar 26, 2015

Open Skies Over Benelux And Germany

Cold War kids like me still remember the Open Skies treaty, the 1992 agreement by members of NATO and the then Warsaw Pact to allow observation flights over their territory as a confidence-building measure....More
Mar 26, 2015

Pilot Report: Aviation Week Flies The Gripen (1999)

In 1999, Aviation Week's then Editor-in-Chief reported on the capabilities of the Saab Gripen. Read his pilot report....More
Mar 25, 2015

Kepler Achievements Recognized by National Air and Space Museum

"We are discovering all kinds of exotic planets, worlds that have oceans of molten rock, worlds that have not one but two stars rising in the East and setting in the West," said Natalie Batalha, Kepler mission scientist....More
Mar 24, 2015

NavWeek: Semper Why 3

As the U.S. Marine Corps continues to tack back to its expeditionary core and the U.S. remains on course for its Asia-Pacific rebalance, the question of the force’s relevance is again coming to the fore....More
Mar 21, 2015

SpaceX's Gwynne Shotwell Talks Raptor, Falcon 9, CRS-2, Satellite Internet and More 5

During a March 17 luncheon Shotwell touched on developments underway at the Hawthorne, California-based company....More
Mar 20, 2015

Germany To Boost Defense Spending

Germany's finance minister says the pacifist nation must shoulder more military commitments in the coming years....More
Mar 19, 2015

NASA's MAVEN Spacecraft Spots Martian Aurora, Unexplained Dust Cloud

"What's especially surprising about the aurora we saw is how deep in the atmosphere it occurs," said Arnaud Stiepen, a University of Colorado researcher....More

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