Random news story of the day: Piaggio, maker of the fabulously sexy and unmistakable P180 Avanti, has decided to enter the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle market.
Rather than produce a bland-looking UAV, Piaggio has decided to modify the form of the Avanti, taking out the passenger accoutrements and replacing them with Drone Guts to collect SIGINT or do reconnaissance. They have also designed weapons-ready hardpoints into the airframe. This new bird will be named the P.1HH Hammerhead, and it is designed to directly compete with existing UAVs in the surveillance/intelligence/patrol/death from above industry.
I have mixed feelings on UAVs in general. But I have to admit that I’d be much more attracted to the UAV pilot role if I had a sexy airplane like this to control.