Piaggio Aerospace will deliver three P.1HH HammerHead Unmanned Aerial System (UAS), 6 air vehicles and 3 ground control stations to Italian Air Force, the company said in a statement.
This decision was announced at IDEX 2015 in Abu Dhabi, in presence of the Italian Air Force Chief, Lt. Gen. Pasuquale Preziosa. Piaggio will also provide complete with intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) configuration to the Italian Air Force in early 2016.
Carlo Logli, CEO of Piaggio Aerospace, said: “We are grateful for the continued support of our partner Finmeccanica-Selex ES, the Italian Ministry of Defence, our shareholders and the valuable teamwork with the Italian hi-tech industry”.
The P.1HH platform is a derivative of Piaggio Aerospace P.180, a twin turboprop aircraft. The P.1HH HammerHead is designed with a variety of operational capabilities that can be tailored to specific customer requirements, enabling the UAS to perform a wide range of ISR missions.
Developed in partnership with Finmeccanica-Selex ES, the P.1HH HammerHead UAS is currently going through a comprehensive development and certification flight test campaign, conducted at the Trapani Birgi Italian Air Force base.