The UK’s aerospace technology research programme, the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI), is to receive record levels of government funding, Industry Minister Lee Rowley confirmed, driving forward the research and development of green aviation technology.
The ATI will receive £685 million from the government for the financial years 2022-2023 through to 2024-2025, an increase of £235m on the previous three-year period. Industry will provide co-funding, taking the total to more than £1 billion.
Funds will be used to capitalise on the UK’s world-leading R&D system and support the development of zero-carbon and ultra-low-emission aircraft technology, in a bid to cement the UK’s place at the forefront of advancing new green technology, whilst supporting tens of thousands of jobs.
Previous projects supported include ZeroAvia’s six-seat hydrogen-electric aircraft, which is the largest such aircraft in the world, as well as Rolls-Royce’s development of the largest, most efficient aircraft engine ever.
BAE Systems and Rolls-Royce have been awarded an 11-year contract to provide in-service support for the UK Royal Air Force’s (RAF) Hawk aircraft fleet.
Awarded by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD), the total contract investment is $911m (£695m), which includes support for Hawk TMk2 and Hawk TMk1 aircraft used by the Red Arrows, RAF’s aerobatics team.
A key part of the UK Military Flying Training System (UK MFTS), the Hawks are a vital asset in delivering fast jet training to trainee pilots.
Once the training is complete, the pilots will fly RAF’s F-35B Lightning and Typhoon fighter jets.