The (Airbus) Protocol Programme - RATE

Lead Participant: Airbus UK Limited


The RATE Project aims to develop the technologies that will enable key UK Aerospace companies and their supply chain to gain a competitive advantage in the huge market opportunity from the all new next generation Airbus Aircraft Families and to help maintain Wing leadership in the UK. The target weight reductions from RATE will ultimately improve the performance and reduce the volume of carbon dioxide / oxides of nitrogen per passenger. The technologies from RATE will also enable the consortium to reduce non recurring costs, provide early product maturity and numerous continuing product development opportunities on other Airbus products.

Lead Participant

Project Cost

Grant Offer

Airbus UK Limited, BRISTOL £11,584,724 £ 5,792,362


Spirit AeroSystems (Europe) Limited, London, United Kingdom £690,000 £ 345,000
Gkn Plc, REDDITCH £777,702 £ 388,851
GKN Aerospace Services Limited, East Cowes, United Kingdom £720,964 £ 360,482
GE Aviation Systems Limited, Cheltenham, United Kingdom £1,046,276 £ 523,138


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