Defense technology company Anduril Industries is pleased to announce the appointment of Richard Drake as the General Manager of Anduril UK and the broader European region.
As General Manager of Anduril UK, Drake will guide Anduril through a period of high growth. This appointment reflects Anduril’s strategic intent to replicate its successful approach to autonomous defense capabilities in other key regional markets.
With 16 years of experience in defense systems technology, Drake brings a wealth of knowledge and a deep understanding of the defense procurement market. In his previous position at Babcock International as Chief Executive of Mission Systems and Group Chief Technology Officer, Drake was pivotal in fostering innovation and technology across the Group. Managing over 1,500 staff and reporting directly to the Group CEO, he achieved substantial business growth and profitability for Babcock’s Defense Systems Technology business. Drake’s tenure with the same business also included roles such as Programme Director, Business Development Director, and Engineering Director, where he led engineering activities for nearly a decade. Before his time at Babcock, Drake was Airbus’s Head of Landing Gear Extension and Retraction Systems.
Established in 2017, Anduril currently employs almost 2,200 people globally, with over 40 based in the UK, and boasts a valuation exceeding £6.9 billion. Anduril continues to significantly impact Europe, recently securing a £17 million contract with the UK Ministry of Defence Strategic Command. The contract involves the deployment of counter-intrusion and counter-UAS capabilities at various locations across the UK Ministry of Defence estate, including several Permanent Joint Operating Bases (PJOBs).
Richard Drake commented, “I am delighted to be joining Anduril. This is a business with an exciting proposition, a desire to set ambitious industry benchmarks, and a clear, aspirational purpose; to reboot the arsenal of democracy. I very much look forward to working with the many capable and motivated people in the UK and Europe business to achieve concerted strategic growth, serve our customers with advanced technology and apply my passion for design and product development to Anduril.” (Press Release)
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