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Italian Order Launches Piaggio Aerospace P.1HH UAV

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Italian Air Force Becomes Launch Customer for Piaggio Aerospace UAS

(Source: Emirates News Agency; published Feb 26, 2015)

ABU DHABI --- The Italian Air Force will be the launch customer of the P.1HH HammerHead Unmanned Aerial System (UAS), a state-of-the-art multipurpose system, designed and developed by Piaggio Aerospace.

This decision was announced at IDEX 2015 in Abu Dhabi in the presence of Italian Air Force Chief, Lt. Gen. Pasuquale Preziosa. Piaggio Aerospace will deliver three UAS systems – 6 air vehicles and 3 ground control stations – 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 truly delighted about this decision. It confirms the strong partnership we have with the Italian Air Force and showcases the P.1HH as one of the most advanced systems to enter the market. 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 the very successful Piaggio Aerospace P.180, the fastest twin turboprop aircraft in the world, with a proven service record of over 20 years and more than 800,000 flight hours. 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 at the Trapani Birgi Italian Air Force base.