Pi­ag­gio Aero P.1HH Ham­mer­head UAS pro­gramme achieves first flight

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Pi­ag­gio Aero, to­gether with Selex ES, an­nounced at the Dubai Air­show 2013 that the P.1HH Ham­mer­Head un­manned aerial sys­tem (UAS) has achieved the demon­stra­tion and val­i­da­tion phase of the pro­gramme with the maiden flight of the P.1HH DEMO, Pi­ag­gio Aero’s UAV tech­nol­ogy demon­stra­tor. This flight is a fun­da­men­tal mile­stone that paves the way to the next phase of the pro­gramme de­vel­op­ment.

The flight readi­ness of the P.1HH DEMO flight Tech­nol­ogy Demon­stra­tor had been con­firmed by the first flight, which oc­curred on Novem­ber 14, 2013, at the Tra­pani (Italy) “Birgi” Ital­ian Air Force base.

A joint team from Pi­ag­gio Aero and Selex ES con­ducted the fight op­er­a­tions. “The suc­cess of the first flight test of the P.1HH DEMO brings us closer to pro­vid­ing the first Euro­pean de­vel­oped state of the art MALE UAS, ca­pa­ble of per­form­ing at the high­est tech­no­log­i­cal level aerial, land, coastal, mar­itime, off­shore, COMINT/ELINT and elec­tronic war­fare mis­sions,” said Al­berto Galassi, CEO of Pi­ag­gio Aero.

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