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Tornado ADV  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1986
Total Production: 173
Also Known As: Tornado F3
Origin: Germany, Italy and United Kingdom
Corporations: Airbus Group, BAE Systems and Leonardo-Finmeccanica
Parent System: Tornado
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1982
Total Production: 1,001
Family Members: Tornado ECR, Tornado Gr4 and Tornado IDS
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Description: The Tornado is a swing-wing, multi-role aircraft designed to perform air defense, reconnaissance, and attack missions. It flies at low altitude and supersonic speed to penetrate sophisticated air defenses. Tornado aircraft variants feature tandem two-seat cockpit. Panavia is a consortium comprising Germany, United Kingdom and Italy responsible for the development and production of Tornado aircraft. The Tornado was ordered by the Panavia consortium countries plus Saudi Arabia.

The Tornado entered service in 1982. It was first deployed during the Gulf War in 1991. Subsequently Tornado aircraft have been employed over the former Yugoslavia and most recently over Iraq during operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003. During these conflicts Tornadoes performed ground attack, suppression of enemy air defenses (SEAD), reconnaissance and air defense missions.

The Tornado ADV, also known as Tornado F3, was designed to perform air defense missions carrying 4 medium range and 4 short range air-to-air missiles. In addition it carries a single 27mm gun. The Tornado F3 achieved initial operational capability in 1986. The United Kingdom purchased this aircraft while Italy leased 24 from RAF inventory.

Despite RAF's F3s were upgraded to allow them to fire ASRAAM and AMRAAM missiles under the Tornado F3 Sustainment Programme (FSP) they will be replaced by Typhoons by 2010. FSP, which worth £25 million and completed in July 2006, also added upgrades to the aircraft's computer, radar and datalink capabilities. The Royal Air Force Tornado F3 fleet was officially retired from active service on March 22, 2011.

Tornado ADV Specifications

Crew: 2
Number of Engines: 2
Dimensions
Height: 6 meter (19.7 foot)
Length: 18.7 meter (61 foot)
Main Gun Caliber: 27 millimeter
Wingspan: 13.9 meter (46 foot)
Performance
Ceiling: 21,336 meter (70,000 foot)
Max Range: 1,100 kilometer (594 nautical mile)
Speed
Top Speed at High Altitude: 731 mps (2,632 kph)
Time
Flight Endurance: 2 hour
Weight
Empty Weight: 14,000 kilogram (30,864 pound)
Max Takeoff Thrust: 33,040 pound (14,987 kilogram)
Max Takeoff Weight: 28,500 kilogram (62,831 pound)
Payload: 9,000 kilogram (19,841 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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Tornado ADV News

There are 5 news between
21 Jul 2004 and 21 Aug 2007
Tuesday, August 21, 2007RAF Typhoon F2 Deployed Operationally in Southern United Kingdom
Tuesday, April 3, 2007RAF Demonstrates Technology Breakthrough by Remotely Flying a Pilotless Passenger Jet
Wednesday, January 11, 2006RAF Tornado F3 Fires AIM-120 missile
Thursday, December 22, 2005UK Near Selling Typhoon to Saudi Arabia
Wednesday, July 21, 2004Future British Armed Forces Takes Shape

Operators & Related Equipment


OperatorsItems
United Kingdom173
YearHoldings
20146
201311
201216
201124
201040

Grand Total 1972
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