The General Headquarters of the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces has signed a deal for the purchase of eight Piaggio Aerospace P.1HH HammerHead multipurpose unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), designed and developed by Piaggio Aerospace. Signature of the contract with Abu Dhabi Autonomous Systems Investments (ADASI) was announced on March 8 at the Unmanned Systems Exhibition and Conference in Abu Dhabi..
All the aircraft will be equipped with EO/IR (electro-optical infra-red) cameras, radar and advanced communications systems. The contract also includes integrated logistic support and training. The total contract value is AED 1,327 million (€316 million). It was not announced when the first delivery will take place.
Speaking at the Unmanned Systems Exhibition and Conference in Abu Dhabi, Mr Carlo Logli, CEO of Piaggio Aerospace, said:“This important contract recognizes Piaggio Aerospace’s efforts in establishing a world-class military programme and state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities that position the business for long-term sustainable success.”
The HammerHead is based on Piaggio’s P180 Avanti, high-speed, twin-turboprop business aircraft. The Italian Air Force (AMI) was announced as the launch customer for the type on February 26 last year, with an order for three systems. Each of the AMI systems comprises two air vehicles in an intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) configuration and one ground station. The first delivery to the AMI is scheduled for later this year. Alan Warnes