The HammerHead is an unmanned version of the Piaggio Avanti II P180 aircraft (Photo: Piaggio)
This side view of the HammerHead UAV shows the pusher turboprop engines, each producing 850 hp (Photo: Piaggio)
The HammerHead gets its name from this small canard wing in the front of the aircraft (Photo: Piaggio)
Artists side view of the HammerHead with the bulge on the top for the radar and satellite antennas (Photo: Piaggio)
Artist's concept of the HammerHead UAV on a mission (Photo: Piaggio)
The HammerHead UAV by Piaggia Aero and Selex ES has hard points on the bottom for mounting additional sensors (Photo: Piaggio)
There was an unusual shape in the skies over Italy last week as the Piaggio Aero Company and Selex ES successfully completed the first flight of the aptly-named Hammerhead UAV on Thursday, November 14, near the Trapini Air Force Base. The aircraft was remotely controlled from the ground, with no crew on board, while two chase planes kept the UAV in sight during the flight.
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