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UAE Order 8 Piaggio P.1HH Drones in €316M Deal

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UAE to Buy 8 Italian-Made Drones for €316M

(Source: Defense News; posted March 8, 2016)

Tom Kington

Developed from the Piaggio P.180 Avanti twin turboprop business aircraft, the P.1 Hammerhead UAV is mainly intended for ISR missions. After the Italian air force, the UAE will become the type’s second operator. Piaggio is now owned by the UAE. (Piaggio photo)

The UAE agreed to a €316 million contract to purchase eight Piaggio P.1HH Hammerhead unmanned aerial vehicles, the General Headquarters of the United Arab Emirates Armed Force said Tuesday.

The aircraft will be equipped with EO/IR (Electro-Optical Infra-Red) cameras, radar and communications systems, Piaggio said in a statement, adding that the contract also covers logistic support and training.

The contract has been signed with Abu Dhabi Autonomous Systems Investments (ADASI).

Italy-based Piaggio is controlled by Mubadala, an Abu Dhabi-based strategic investment firm.

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