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