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Piaggio P.2HH Hammerhead

Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) / Drone

Piaggio P.2HH Hammerhead

Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) / Drone

OVERVIEW
SPECIFICATIONS
ARMAMENT
VARIANTS
HISTORY
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OVERVIEW



The P.2HH is the planned, in-development successor to the P.180-based P.1HH Hammerhead advanced UAV - promising improved capabilities throughout.
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ORIGIN: Italy
YEAR: 2020
STATUS: In-Development
MANUFACTURER(S): Piaggio Aero - Italy
PRODUCTION: 0
OPERATORS: Italy (possible); United Arab Emirates (possible)
SPECIFICATIONS



Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the Piaggio P.2HH Hammerhead model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.
CREW: 0
LENGTH: 50.85 feet (15.5 meters)
WIDTH: 49.21 feet (15 meters)
HEIGHT: 13.12 feet (4 meters)
WEIGHT (EMPTY): 20,283 pounds (9,200 kilograms)
WEIGHT (MTOW): 33,069 pounds (15,000 kilograms)
ENGINE: ASSUMED: 2 x Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6-66B turboprop engines developing 850 shaft horsepower each (estimated) driving multi-bladed propeller units in pusher arrangement.
SPEED (MAX): 342 miles-per-hour (550 kilometers-per-hour; 297 knots)
RANGE: 3,728 miles (6,000 kilometers; 3,240 nautical miles)
CEILING: 50,853 feet (15,500 meters; 9.63 miles)
RATE-OF-CLIMB: 4,000 meters (1,219 meters-per-minute)




ARMAMENT



None. Mission equipment payload to reach about 1,500lb.
VARIANTS



Series Model Variants
• P.2HH "Hammerhead" - Base Series Designation; modified form of the earlier P.1HH, itself based on the P.180 Avanti VIP passenger hauler, with changes seen in the in-development MPA platform.


HISTORY



Detailing the development and operational history of the Piaggio P.2HH Hammerhead Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) / Drone.  Entry last updated on 5/22/2018. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com.
With the P.1HH "Hammerhead" Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) set to begin deliveries to launch customer United Arab Emirates in mid-2018, Piaggio of Italy - with input from the UAE - has begun looking towards the future for a more evolved successor in the "P.2HH". The original P.1HH is based on a heavily modified form of the company's P.180 "Avanti" (detailed elsewhere on this site) VIP pusher prop-driven passenger hauler while the P.2HH is set to incorporate the changes instituted in another P.180 derivative - the Multirole Patrol Aircraft (MPA). The venture is being supported locally in Italy by the Italian Air Force which holds a running interest in advanced UAV types like the Hammerhead.

The P.2HH will bring about increased capability by way of key design changes, namely a larger fuselage structure for increased internal volume and all-new, wider-spanning composite wings for increased endurance. All this will allow for greater fuel and equipment loads (up to 1,500lb) as well as loitering/mission times (30 hours is the stated goal). The same pusher prop-driven engine arrangement will be featured as will the canard wing configuration (though with an all-new canard wing design) and tricycle landing gear. Other carry-over qualities of the P.1HH include the Multhopp "T-style" tail unit. The twin pusher propeller (multi-blade) engine arrangement has been shown to provide better performance than competing designs. Winglets added to the mainplanes will promote fuel efficiency.

As the P.180 Avanti is already a European-airspace-certified platform so this, by default, gives any future Piaggio attempts at a UAV based on the design an edge over foreign competitors. The multirole P.2HH will be able to cover the gamut of civil airspace roles including border patrol, humanitarian air, disaster relief, general surveillance and the like while also being very capable of military-level service.

The Italian and UAE air services are envisioning an initial fleet of about ten P.2HH aircraft each providing the program with a perfect starting point in netting other potential foreign orders in the future. Deliveries of the new system are scheduled for early-2020 based on the given timetable.

Performance data presented below are estimates made on the part of the author based on the existing P.1HH design.




MEDIA



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Rating: 52 (of 100)
The rating is an internal assessment derived from forty factors pertaining to this entry.
Relative Maximum Speed Rating
Hi: 400mph
Lo: 200mph
    This entry's maximum listed speed (342mph).

    Graph average of 300 miles-per-hour.
City-to-City Ranges
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Graph showcases the Piaggio P.2HH Hammerhead's operational range (on internal fuel) when compared to distances between major cities.
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Unit Production Comparison
Comm. Market HI*: 44,000 units
Military Market HI**: 36,183 units
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  * Commercial Market High belongs to Cessna 172.

  ** Military Market High belongs to Ilyushin Il-2.


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Supported Roles
A2A
Interception
UAV
Ground Attack
CAS
Training
ASW
Anti-Ship
AEW
MEDEVAC
EW
Maritime/Navy
SAR
Aerial Tanker
Utility/Transport
VIP
Passenger
Business
Recon
SPECOPS
X-Plane/Development
A2A=Air-to-Air; UAV=Unmanned; CAS=Close Support; ASW=Anti-Submarine; AEW=Airborne Early Warning; MEDEVAC=Medical Evac; EW=Electronic Warfare; SAR=Search-Rescue