The type differed in no significant degree from the reconnaissance and observation aircraft of WW I, but had a niche in history as the first aeroplane of wholly Czechoslovak design. The new type had conventional tailskid landing gear but featured W-type interplane bracing. It was fitted with one trainable and two fixed 0.303 in (7.7 mm) machineguns, and it could carry up to 265 lb (120 kg) of bombs.
The aeroplane was ordered into production during 1920 in two forms as 28 examples of the ŠH 1 with the 230 hp Breitfeld & Daněk Hiero L in-line engine and 64 examples of the ŠM 1 with the 260 hp Maybach Mb.Iva in-line engine. During the course of their operational careers, the two types were redesignated Š I and Š 2 respectively, and a civil development produced in small numbers was the Šm A 1 with enclosed accommodation for two passengers in place of the military model's gunner's position.
Span: 43 ft 4.75 in (13.23 m)
Length: 27 ft 3.25 in (8.31 m)
Height: 10 ft 6 in (3.20 m)
Max takeoff weight: 3,031 lb (1,375 kg)
Max speed: 120 mph (194 kmh) at 6,560 ft (2,000 m)
Service ceiling: 19,685 ft (6,000 m)
Range: 444 mls (715 km)