Pi­ag­gio Aero un­veils P.1HH “Ham­mer­head”

SP's MAI - - UNMANNED -

Pi­ag­gio Aero In­dus­tries has un­veiled the Pi­ag­gio Aero P.1HH “Ham­mer­Head” un­manned aerial sys­tem (UAS) at the Paris Air Show. A new state-of-the-art un­manned aerial sys­tem (UAS), the Pi­ag­gio Aero P.1HH Ham­mer­Head has been de­signed for in­tel­li­gence, sur­veil­lance and re­con­nais­sance (ISR) mis­sions whose com­bi­na­tion of per­for­mance and op­er­a­tional char­ac­ter­is­tics is at the very top end of the UAS MALE cat­e­gory.

The P.1HH Ham­mer­Head tech­no­log­i­cal demon­stra­tor was de­signed and built in less than one year and it has al­ready suc­cess­fully com­pleted low speed taxi tests demon­strat­ing Pi­ag­gio Aero’s abil­ity to de­liver an ef­fi­cient UAV plat­form in­te­grat­ing state-of-the-art Selex ES SkyISTAR mis­sion man­age­ment sys­tem.

The P.1HH Ham­mer­Head de­vel­op­ment pro­gramme pro­ceeds with the demon­stra­tion/val­i­da­tion phase through an ex­ten­sive cam­paign of lab­o­ra­tory and ground tests aimed at sup­port­ing the first flight. Af­ter the first engine start and the run­way taxi that took place on Fe­bru­ary 14, 2013, at an Ital- ian Air Force base, the pro­gramme has now en­tered the fi­nal phase of test where, the air­craft sys­tems in flight con­fig­u­ra­tion will be tested at all lev­els in ac­cor­dance with the build-up ap­proach taken on the UAS.

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