Worth around £8.5 billion ($11.2 bn) annually, Britain's main export markets are the Middle East, North America and Asia.
Now, following an EU referendum result that sets Britain on an exit path from Europe, defense and aerospace groups are re-evaluating business plans.
Rolls-Royce employs around 23,000 people in the United Kingdom with a further 14,000 based across Europe.
The British firm says Europe accounts for a third of revenue and almost a quarter of its order book.
In a statement Rolls-Royce said it respected the result and would offer a commitment to U.K. operations but warned the longer impact of Brexit is as yet unclear.
"The medium and long-term effect will depend upon the relationships that are established between the U.K., the EU and the rest of the world over the coming years," it said on its website Friday.
Meanwhile, Airbus Group CEO Tom Enders has warned that his company won't be alone in reviewing its U.K. investment strategy.
"The world will not stand still, nor will Europe," Enders told Reuters in an emailed statement.
"I hope the divorce will proceed with a view to minimizing economic damage to all impacted by Brexit. Britain will suffer but I'm sure it will focus even more now on the competitiveness of its economy vis-a-vis the EU and the world at large."
The umbrella organization for British aerospace and defense industry is the ADS group. Prior to the referendum it reported 70 percent of members were keen on Britain staying a part of the European Union.
With that option defeated, Paul Everitt, CEO of ADS Group, says it is now time to iron out negative consequences.
"The aerospace, defense, security and space industries will work with government to minimize the negative impacts of the decision to leave the EU, creating an environment in which these strategically important sectors can continue to prosper."