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UAE signs for HammerHead UAV


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UAE signs for HammerHead UAV
Charles Forrester, London - IHS Jane's Defence Industry
08 March 2016

A mock-up of the Piaggio Aerospace P.1HH HammerHead MALE UAV, seen here in Italian Air Force markings at the 2015 Paris Air Show. Source: IHS/Charles Forrester
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has signed a contract for the procurement of eight Piaggio Aerospace P.1HH HammerHead unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), it was announced on 8 March.

The UAVs will be delivered from the UAE's Abu Dhabi Autonomous Systems Investment (ADASI) in a deal worth AED1,327 million (USD361 million), which was signed by UAE Armed Forces General Headquarters (GHQ). The contract includes integrated logistics support and training.

The P.1HH is based on the Piaggio Aerospace P.180 Avanti II business aircraft, and the first prototype flew in late 2014. The P.1HH has a maximum altitude of 45,000 feet, and an endurance of up to 16 hours with a loiter speed of 135 kt (250 km/h; 155 mph). Maximum level speed is 395 kt, with the platform powered by two Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-66B turbine engines equipped with five-bladed scimitar propellers.

The P.1HH HammerHead's mission suite is derived from Selex ES's skyISTAR architecture that can accommodate radar, electro-optical, hyperspectral, communications, and electronic intelligence sensors. Devices specifically identified with the P.1HH include Selex ES sourced radar (the Seaspray 7300E Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) equipment) communications and datalink solutions together with the FLIR Systems Star SAFIRE® 380-HD EO imaging system.

The contract makes the UAE the second customer of the P.1HH HammerHead, with the Italian Air Force ordering three systems of two aircraft each in early 2015. Deliveries of the Italian Air Force's aircraft are expected to take place this year.
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