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P.1HH HammerHead MALE UAV
« on: July 07, 2017, 10:42:04 PM »
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The P.1HH HammerHead is a full-sized, medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aircraft system (UAS) developed by Piaggio Aero Industries. The HammerHead UAS was derived from the P.180 Avanti II commercial aircraft.

The P.1HH HammerHead UAS made its first flight in February 2013, from an Italian Air Force base. The UAS was first announced at International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) held in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The UAS was unveiled in June 2013 at the Paris Air Show.

The UAS is designed primarily to perform intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) operations. It is also capable of performing several other missions by using a combination of payloads.

Some of its mission capabilities include communications intelligence (COMINT), electronics intelligence (ELINT) and signals intelligence (SIGINT).

The mission management system (MMS) installed aboard the P.1HH HammerHead helps it to perform patrol and ISR missions for preventing terrorist activities.


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Re: P.1HH HammerHead MALE UAV
« Reply #1 on: July 07, 2017, 10:43:50 PM »
Piaggio resumes HammerHead flight testing | IHS Jane's 360 - 06 July 2017
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According to the company, the aircraft resumed flight test activity from Birgi Military Airport at Trapani, Sicily.

A Piaggio Aerospace spokesperson told Jane’s that the flight was a shakedown exercise for the aircraft, with no malfunctions identified. The test data gathered by the engineers is now under examination to clear future flights.

The test also represented the first flight of the company’s second prototype aircraft.

Flight testing of the P.1HH was suspended after the crash of the first prototype into the Mediterranean Sea near Trapani in 2016. Piaggio’s Chief Executive Officer, Renato Vaghi told Jane’s at the 2017 Paris Air Show that the crash had been attributed to overall system integration of the aircraft, saying that, “There was something wrong in the whole chain of the system integration of the aircraft, and that got to a point where the aircraft crashed. We learnt a lot of lessons from the incident, we have understood the root causes, and we think that we have taken every measure to prevent that happening in the future.”


The Piaggio Aerospace P.1HH HammerHead in flight. Source: Piaggio Aerospace

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Re: P.1HH HammerHead MALE UAV
« Reply #2 on: March 03, 2018, 09:33:45 AM »
P.1HH HammerHead Unmanned Aerial System to enter in service with UAE armed forces | Army Recognition - 25 February 2018
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At UMEX 2018, the International Unmanned Systems Exhibition in Abu Dhabi (UAE), the Italian Company Piaggio Aerospace showcases its latest development of its P.1HH HammerHead, a state-of-the-art Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) designed for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions. The HammerHead UAS was developed from the design of the P.180 Avanti II commercial aircraft.

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According to the Defense Industry Daily website, the Italian Company Piaggio so far have eight orders for the P.1HH HammerHead, to be delivered to the UAE from 2018, and an expression of “great interest” from the Italian military, who have been helping Piaggio by providing Italian bases for testing.


Piaggio Aerospace P.1HH HammerHead UAS at UMEX 2018, the International Unmanned Systems Exhibition in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (Picture source Army Recognition)