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Steve Drury

Steve Drury

Director Aerospace, BAE Systems Australia
Steve is the director for Aerospace

Steve began his career in the Royal Australian Air Force as an aeronautical engineer managing helicopter deeper maintenance, F-111 component overhaul, and the Systems Engineering support of the Mirage jet engine.

After these postings, he completed a Masters degree at Purdue University, Indiana, majoring in fracture mechanics, followed by postings in the USAF and RAAF analysing and managing aircraft structural integrity.

Steve then moved into management roles as the senior engineering officer of an F/A-18 Hornet Squadron, the project manager for the Hornet structural refurbishment project and the Officer Commanding of the Tactical Fighter Systems Program Office.

His career also included a tour in the Australian High Commission, London, as the Assistant Air Adviser.

Steve’s Air Force career concluded at Air Commodore level within the Defence Materiel Organisation, as the Director General Airlift and Training Systems. This position was responsible for the delivery of the KC-30A air-to-air refueller and C-17 acquisition projects, the C-130J upgrade project, as well as the sustainment of the airlift and training aircraft fleets.

After 31 years in the Air Force, Steve joined BAE Systems Australia in January 2010 as the General Manager - Weapons Systems, a Line of Business responsible for the highly successful Nulka Active Missile Decoy; manufacture of Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM) components; UAV vehicle management systems, specialising in autonomy; and the  Ship Air Defence Model (SADM) tool that is employed by major navies, defence research establishments and defence contractors in 14 countries.

In May 2013, Steve was appointed to his current position, Director – Aerospace, providing a full-spectrum aerospace and aviation support business with thirteen sites across Australia and an annual turnover of about $370m.

Steve has been married to Sharon for 25 years and they have enjoyed many postings around the world while also raising three fabulous children, now young adults, still happily living at home.