Usually UAVs, unmanned flying units, not including combat drones, are relatively small, so it’s harder for them to notice and shoot down. However, HammerHead’s P.1HH is a complete opposite.
P.1HH HammerHead is a UAV created in collaboration between Piaggio Aero and Selex ES and was built based on the P-180 Avanti II dual-engine passenger aircraft. It is a model used primarily by business people, providing them with considerable mobility and high travel comfort. Now, however, it was rebuilt into a unmanned unit created for military operations.
Dron has quite large size. The span of its reinforced wings is 15.3 meters, the height is 390 cm, and the total length is 14 meters. The interior of the aircraft was replaced by a large fuel tank, sensors and avionics. The all-wheel-drive machine weighs 1840 kilograms and is powered by a pair of Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6-66B 950-horsepower engines which can rise to 13.5 kilometers and stay in the air for up to 16 hours.
Dron can independently start and land, but can also be remotely controlled via satellite-based LOS (Line of Sight) and BLOS (Beyond Line of Sight) communication systems, from the ground command center. Manufacturers have also equipped it with skyISTAR to collect and analyze data from on-board sensors before sending them to the operator.
P.1HH HammerHead to serve in the Italian army should enter next year.