Strata’s Research & Development (R&D) unit is focused on developing advanced manufacturing technologies to support current and future programs. The unit was created in 2015 to execute R&D initiatives in collaboration with local universities, technology partners, and OEM customers. The execution of the projects is performed at three dedicated labs created for this purpose; one located at Strata in Al Ain and the other two are located at Khalifa University and Masdar Institute in Abu Dhabi. Currently the program encompasses six main R&D projects that involve 22 engineers, academic researchers, and UAE national students. The projects involve developing technology solutions in critical areas such as automation, robotics, inspection, 3D printing, and composite processing, to enhance Strata’s competitiveness in the aerospace industry.