HAI possesses robust capabilities in both civil and military aircraft engineering, in-line with company’s technology development strategy.

Research Design & Development Directorate, leads the following activities:

Design & Development capabilities

  • Conceptual Design
  • Detailed & Assembly Design
  • Structural Design & Analysis
  • Testing
  • Systems integration design
  • Prototyping
  • Prototypes manufacturing
  • Repairs design
  • In-service support

Directorate’s activities are certified as per AS9100 and organized according to EASA Part 21J.

The Directorate is situated in an 800m2 offices area, using state-of-the-art design and development tools, world widely established, such as:

  • DS/CATIA V5/CPD (Composite Part Design Module)
  • DS/ENOVIA Smarteam

Various other proprietary and COTS (i.e.: Commercial off-the-shelf) software is used, covering areas such as:

  • Structures
  • Aerodynamics
  • Materials
  • Flow simulation

The Directorate performs Research activities in new materials and their corresponding production techniques, using its well organized advanced materials laboratory to perform:

  • Composite manufacturing for prototype development
  • Testing (Mechanical, Microscopic analysis, NDT)

Some indicative new products that have been developed in-house

  • Design, Development and Manufacturing of Hellenic Air Force Pegasus RPV
  • Design and Development of a Kit-L Laser-Guided Bomb
  • Preliminary Design of a General Aviation Light Utility Aircraft
  • Design and Development of a Remotely Piloted Target Drone
  • Design and Manufacturing of Falcon 900EX Business Jet Extended Range Fuel Tank
  • Design and Manufacturing of IRIS-T Dummy Air Training Missile and Tactical Umbilical
  • Participation in the structural design phase of Boeing 787 cargo frame door
  • Participation in the Design & Development phase of CSO (HELIOSIII satellite)

Current Programs

  • NEURON Unmanned Combat Vehicle
    Design and Manufacturing of Prototype Exhaust Assembly (Nozzle & masking plate) and Aft Fuselage sections, as core partner in the corresponding consortium. During the programme, HAI engineers worked closely with their French colleagues in both the physical plateau at Dassault premises (Program Prime Contractor) and in the virtual plateau that had been established at all company sites participating in the program.


  • AS EN 9100 for the Design and Development Fabrication and Assembly of Aerospace Structures και
  • ISO9001:2000 for the Design and Manufacture of Structural Parts and Assemblies of Aircraft and Aircraft Engines.