Brad Yelland

Brad Yelland

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Principal Strategic Advisor – Future Technologies

BAE Systems Australia

Brad has a career spanning over 30 years in the Defence Industry, working in Australia and the UK and on many international programs, including a number of US Collaborative Weapons Development Programs.

After graduating as an Aerospace Engineer, Brad Joined the Government Aircraft Factories as part of the Hovering Rocket Concept Development program, the program which eventually became Nulka

In Jan 1988, when the Hovering Rocket Program became Nulka – a Project of Record for Australia and the US, the Nulka Project moved to AWA Defence Industries, and Brad moved from GAF to AWA as part of the core project team.

After 12 years on the Nulka Program, having contributed to the design of most elements of the Nulka Missile and Launch Systems, Brad became the Engineering Manager of the Australian contributions to the NATO Evolved SeaSparrow Missile (ESSM) Development Program.

After a further 7 years as the Guided Weapons Engineering Manager for BAE Systems Australia, Brad grew the BAE Systems Australia guidance and control capability into an Integrated Autonomous Systems capability.

Brad was seconded to the UK in the early 2000s to establish a UAV capability within the UK business, returning to Australia to lead the Australian Integrated Autonomous Systems Business.

In 2008 Brad became the General Manager of the Aircraft Systems Integration and Development Line of Business.

In 2013, Brad was then seconded to BAE Systems Head Office in the UK as the Global Head of Engineering for the company.

Brad returned to Australia to become the CTO and Engineering Director for BAE Systems Australia, and Director of the Red Ochre Labs – BAE Systems Australia’s Centre for Disruptive Technology with a primary focus on Autonomy, Advanced Sensors, Data Sciences, Hypersonics and High Speed Weapon development.