Augustine Perucci, 62, who retired from the Naval Air Systems Command in the Navy Department in 1974 after 40 years of government service, died of cancer Sunday at Sibley Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Perucci, who lived in Bethesda at the time of his death, was born in Salem, Mass. He began his government career by enlisting in the Navy in 1934. He served for six years and then continued his service as a civilian employe of the Navy. He worked for many years in Norfolk and transferred to Washington in the mid-1950s.

Most of Mr. Perucci's career concerned Naval aircraft. He was in the old Bureau of Aeronautics, where he was concerned with logistics and maintenance. Later, he was engaged in the sale of military equipment to foreign governments. This equipment included the F4 Phantom Navy jet fighter. At the time of his retirement, Mr. Perucci was deputy director of the security assistance program office of the Naval Air Systems Command.

After leaving the government, he was a management consultant to the security assistance program office of the Chief of Naval Material and also to the security assistance program in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations. In the course of his career, Mr. Perucci received several awards for his work.

Survivors include his wife, Eleanor, and a son, Philip, both of Bethesda; four children by a previous marriage that ended in divorce, John and Michael Perucci and Pamela Biernat, all of Norfolk, and Elaine Colucci of Springfield; two brothers, John and Jeano Perucci, and a sister, Anne Appolloni, all of Boston, and eight grandchildren.