Cobham to Provide Composite Aerostructures for Piaggio’s New Multirole Patrol Aircraft

Cobham has been selected by Piaggio Aero Industries to provide several major composite aerostructures for the new Piaggio Multirole Patrol Aircraft (MPA) under development with ADASI – Abu Dhabi Autonomous System Investments – a subsidiary of Tawazun. The Piaggio MPA – based on the P180 Avanti II platform – has a larger flying surface area and more powerful engines for greater endurance and range.

Artist’s concept of the Piaggio MPA (image courtesy of Piaggio)

Cobham Antenna Systems will design, manufacture and qualify dedicated ailerons, fixed trailing edges, outboard wing flaps, horizontal stabilisers, elevators, flap track fairings, main landing gear doors and a selection of aerodynamic fairings. These components will be used to equip the first MPA aircraft being developed for the program’s launch customer and to support qualification testing.

About Cobham

Cobham protects lives and livelihoods with its differentiated technology and know-how, operating with a deep insight to customer needs and agility. The Group offers an innovative range of technologies and services to solve challenging problems across commercial, defence and security markets, from deep space to the depths of the ocean.

It has market leading positions in air-to-air refuelling; aviation services; audio, video and data communications, including satellite communications; defence electronics; life support and mission equipment. The most important thing Cobham builds is trust.

About Cobham Antenna Systems

Cobham Antenna Systems has the industry’s widest range of standard, commercial off the shelf (COTS) composite masts, antenna pointing devices, and vehicle mounting systems. Cobham produces high performance composite structures and products for the aerospace industry, including radomes and aircraft components, high temperature aircraft engine products, rotorcraft blade components and unmanned aerial vehicle airframes and sub-components.

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