£365m worth of aerospace R&D projects have been approved “to ensure the UK’s continued position at the forefront of global aerospace.”

This is understood to be jointly funded by industry and government.

According to the Ministry of Defence, the Aerospace Growth Partnership, started in 2010, will publish a refreshed industrial strategy ‘Means of Ascent’ at Farnborough – demonstrating government and industry’s continued commitment to investment in UK’s technological edge.

A further £365m of new R&D projects have been approved to commence, jointly funded by HM Government and industry. This is part of a total £4billion joint R&D commitment over 13 years to 2026.

The Prime Minister said:

“Whatever uncertainties our country faces, I want the message to go out loud and clear: the UK will continue to lead the world in both civil and defence aerospace. We aren’t just open for investment: we are a place the global aerospace industry wants to do business – as Boeing’s long-term partnership with the UK proves.

It’s also important to put government investment where it counts. That’s why we are jointly funding the new R&D fund with the industry and why I’m pleased we have today signed the contract for 9 new P8 Maritime Patrol Aircraft for the Royal Air Force, underlining the UK’s commitment to spending on vital defence.”

New supply chain competitiveness charter signed by 11 global industry members with a presence in the UK.


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David Anthony Simpson

I’m trying to be overwhelmed…welcome as it is!

Mark Gibbs


James Bass Pulsebass

Question is… Will this spending continue under a new leadership and uncertain times …. Time will tell?

David Riley

Sold Westland down the swannee just maintenance and not build

David Anthony Simpson

Nah…Leonardo as the Italian company is…. sold themselves down the river. The UK needs the best kit at an affordable proce within our budget…. that matters above all.

Max Baker

Where is all this money comming from when the 45s need replacing asap

UK Defence Journal

They don’t need replacing, they need certain components replaced and that’s already been planned for.

Max Baker

Sorry type thats what i ment … any ideas when they will be done …

Ive heard loads of comments that Britian has run out of money to fix them which is why 2 45s are now stuck in Portsmouth

jon livesey

You’ve heard loads of comments? That’s something new? Tell us when you’ve heard informed comments. Now, that would be news.

Keeran Stephenson

Charlie Stuart

Charlie Stuart

See Boeing are making 1000 jobs in the U.K. Now

Keeran Stephenson


Andrew Perrin

all well and good but we need aircrew and air assets to we are down to the bare bones here now


So 4 billion over 13 years to be split 50/50 with industry. About 150 million a year.

Chicken shit.