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Italy Gives AW149 Military Certification

Jul. 16, 2014 - 06:56AM   |  
By TOM KINGTON   |   Comments
The AgustaWestland AW149 helicopter has received Italian military certification.
The AgustaWestland AW149 helicopter has received Italian military certification. (AgustaWestland)
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FARNBOROUGH, ENGLAND — AgustaWestlandís AW149 helicopter, which the firm is pitching to Poland, received Italian military certification Tuesday at the Farnborough International Airshow.

The multirole, 8-ton helicopter, which has been undergoing trials at Italyís test center at the Pratica di Mare air base, is being pitched by the Finmeccanica unit for Polandís requirement for a multirole helicopter, and would be partially assembled in Poland by PZL-Swidnik, the local firm owned by Finmeccanica.

Separately, officials with Italian firm Piaggio Aero said here that the firmís Hammerhead UAV should be given certification by the Italian Air Force next year.

A technology demonstrator of the UAV, which is derived from the firmís P180 business jet, has been flying since last year in Italy, and a full prototype will fly by the end of the year, said CEO Carlo Logli.

The Italian Air Force, which is overseeing flight tests in Sicily, has expressed an interest in the UAV, while Piaggio Aero has proposed the Hammerhead as a candidate to become Europeís joint medium-range, long-endurance UAV.

On Wednesday, Piaggio and Selex ES said they had validated onboard systems supplied by Selex as well as autonomous take-off and landing functions.

The UAV is due to use the Selex ES Seaspray 7300E radar.

In May, UAE holding fund Mubadala took a 98.05 percent stake in Piaggio Aero. ■

Email: tkington@defensenews.com.

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