The UK aerospace sector is the second largest in Europe, and third largest globally. Capable of delivering whole-aircraft capability, we have expertise in aerostructures, propulsion, systems, aircraft interiors and through-life services.

Research and development

Government and industry have committed to spend £3.9bn on aerospace R&D to 2026.

Collaboration and innovation

The UK is using its Catapult centres, the Aerospace Technology Institute, and its supply chain improvement programmes to drive innovation and collaboration.


Continuous investment in our current and future aerospace talent ensures that the UK offers a skilled and experienced workforce.

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aerospace companies across the UK


in GDP generated by the sector in 2017, with £30bn of this exported


Airbus wings produced in the UK each year


apprentices working and training in aerospace

Full aircraft capability

UK aerospace capability ranges deep and wide – whatever your requirement, we have the knowledge and skills to deliver.


In addition to global engines leader Rolls-Royce, the UK has innovative suppliers such as JJ Churchill, Castle Precision Engineering and many others developing groundbreaking new technologies and manufacturing techniques.


A robust supply chain of Tier 1s such as GKN, who make the leading and trailing edge on Airbus platforms, and Tier 2 component and small assembly companies, maintain the UK's leading position in design and manufacturing.


Delivering complete system requirements across the aircraft, UK industry has capability in avionics, control systems and cabin systems, from air conditioning to in -flight entertainment.

Boeing builds in the UK

Boeing’s new factory in Sheffield, the company’s first manufacturing site in Europe, builds on Boeing’s local presence after it co-founded the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre in 2001.

Next steps

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