He graduated from the Ecole Polytechnique (1975), the ENSAE (French Aeronautics and Space Academy 1980), and the EPNER (French Flight Test Crew Academy, 1981), and began his career as a helicopter flight test engineer responsible for certification at the DGA Flight Test Centre (CEV) in Brétigny – the flight technical authority in charge of military qualification and civil certification of aircraft, helicopters and all airborne systems (1981 to 1985). Following his appointment as Head of the Helicopter Test Branch, he completed the restructuring and merging of helicopter activities in Istres (1986).
In 1988 he moved to Paris and took over the technical management of the Franco-German Tiger Helicopter Programme at the DGA Directorate for Aeronautics.
Returning to Istres in late 1989, he was promoted to Flight Test Centre Technical Manager.
In 1992 he was appointed as Technical Adviser (Aeronautics and International Affairs) to the Head of the DGA. In addition, in 1993 and 1994 he acted as MoD official representative within the Commission in charge of the White Paper on Defence and within the Mission for State Reform (economic sector) initiated by the Prime Minister.
He was Head of the CEV in Istres from 1994 to 1998.
In September 1999, he became Air Warfare Force System Architect at DGA headquarters in Paris, dealing with strategic studies in that field, and in particular in Air and Missile Defence. From 1999 to 2003 he was the French representative in the NATO Conference of National Armaments Directors (CNAD) Missile Defence Project Group (MDPG).
In 2002 he was appointed as Deputy Director of the Force System Architecture Department. In August 2004 he was promoted to the post of DGA Director for Force Systems and Trend Analysis and became a member of the DGA Executive Committee. In 2005, he was appointed as Director for Force Systems and Strategies, responsible for:
- preparing future capabilities - a part of the capability process led by the Joint Staff,
- defence policy on science, research and technology,
- international armaments cooperation, in particular through NATO and the EU,
- economic and industrial armaments issues.
Throughout this period, he supervised for the DGA the preparation and implementation works related to the French return to the NATO integrated command structure and those related to the French Presidency of the European Union. He was also involved in the 2008 White Paper on Defence and National Security.
He was deeply involved in the reform the DGA, and was promoted to the post of Deputy Director General on 9 October 2009. As in his previous posts, he assists or deputizes for the “Délégué Général pour l’Armement” as National Armaments Director and frequently participates in the NATO Conference of National Armaments Directors and in the European Defence Agency Steering Board.
Patrick Auroy is member of the board of ONERA (National Office for Aeronautics and Space Research), the CNES (National Space Agency) and the IHEDN (Institute of Higher Studies for National Defence). He studied at the Centre for Higher Armament Studies (CHEAr, 32nd session, 1995/1996), the Centre for Higher Military Studies (CHEM, 38th session, 1998/1999) and the Institute of Higher Studies for National Defence (IHEDN, 51st session, Paris, 1998/1999). He is commander of the National Order of Merit, Officer of the Legion of Honour and holder of the Aeronautical Medal.