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Initial Operational Capability (IOC):
Piaggio Aero* and SELEX ES (*) lead contractor
Parent System: P1HH HammerHead
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2018
Maiden Flight: 2016
Total Production: 8
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Description: The Piaggio Aerospace P.1HH HammerHear is a multi-role patrol unmanned aircraft derived from the P.180 Avanti II manned airplane to provide Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities. The P.1HH system consists of an unmanned aircraft, ground control station (GCS) and navigation equipment. The HammerHead has been designed to remain airborne for 16 hours and features automatic take off and landing (ATOL). SELEX ES supplies the skyISTAR mission management system which manages sensors, video and data, communications and ISR functions to tackle from terrorist attacks to illegal immigration. The standard equipment includes the StarSafire 380HD FLIR EO/IR payload and the SeaSpray 7300E radar. Adding new payloads the aircraft will be able to perform Communications Intelligence (COMINT), Electronic Intelligence (ELINT) and Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) missions.
Powered by two PT6A-66B engines, each developing 850-shp of power, the HammerHead can reach a top speed of 395 ktas and a maximum altitude of 45,000-ft carrying a 500-pound payload. Its key aerodynamic design elements are: Three-Lifting-Surface Configuration (3LSC) which permits 34 percent reduction in wing area thus lower weight and drag; and a non-cylindrical low-drag fuselage. A built-in Ku/Ka radio-frequency datalink allows for operations line-of-sight (LOS) and beyond the line-of-sight (BLOS) operations using satellite communications.
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) ordered eight HammerHead multi-role patrol aircraft from Piaggio Aero under a $346 million deal in March 2016. The first prototype crashed in May 2016 but the test flights were resumed in July 2017 with the aim of delivering the first operational HammerHead to the UAE before the end of 2018. Italy has also expressed interest on purchasing the P.1HH HammerHead medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aircraft system.
P1HH HammerHead Specifications
Number of Engines: 2
Propeller Blades: 5
Wing Area: 18 square meter (194 square foot)
Height: 3.98 meter (13.1 foot)
Length: 14.4 meter (47 foot)
Wingspan: 15.6 meter (51 foot)
Ceiling: 45,000 foot (13,716 meter)
Max Range: 4,400 nautical mile (5,065 mile)
Max Power at TakeOff: 1,700 shp (1,268 kW)
Cruise Speed: 320 kph (199 mph)
Loiter Speed: 135 KTAS (250 kph)
Top Speed at High Altitude: 395 KTAS (731 kph)
Flight Endurance: 16 hour (0.67 day)
Max Takeoff Weight: 6,146 kilogram (13,549 pound)
Payload: 500 pound (0.23 ton)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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