Piaggio Aerospace announced today at IDEX 2015 the successful maiden flight of the Prototype 001, a major milestone in the program development of the P.1HH HammerHead Unmanned Aerial System (UAS). The maiden flight was completed last December at the Trapani Birgi Italian Air Force base.
The successful maiden flight marks the begining of a comprehensive development and certification flight test campaign, ahead of first delivery of the most advanced MALE (Medium-Altitude Long-Endurance) unmanned systems to Italian Air Force.
The Prototype 001 is representative of the final aerodynamic configuration of the aircraft including the new, extended span main wing and the control systems on board. During the first flight, the Prototype 001 performed a shakedown flight over the Mediterranean Sea at a significant range of speed and altitude. The main flight objective was to conduct a first check of all the essential functions of the Air Vehicle and Ground Segment.
The aerial vehicle management and control system, data link and ground control station are developed in partnership with Finmeccanica – Selex ES.