Piaggio P.1HH HammerHead unmanned aerial system conducts successful test flight

The new P.1HH HammerHead, a multi-purpose MALE (Medium Altitude Long Endurance) drone based on the Piaggio P-180 Avanti twin-engine turboprop plane has conducted a successful test flight from Trapani airbase, in Sicily, on Nov. 14.

The UAS (Unmanned Aerial System), unveiled earlier this year, is designed to perform intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions and believed to be capable of flying up to 45,000 feet for more than 16 hours.

Italy plans to purchase 10 such drones for reconnaissance and immigration control.

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