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Also Known As: Tornado F3
and United Kingdom
Airbus Group, BAE Systems and Leonardo-Finmeccanica
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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
Number of Engines: 2
Height: 6 meter (19.7 foot)
Length: 18.7 meter (61 foot)
Main Gun Caliber: 27 millimeter
Wingspan: 13.9 meter (46 foot)
Ceiling: 21,336 meter (70,000 foot)
Max Range: 1,100 kilometer (594 nautical mile)
Top Speed at High Altitude: 731 mps (2,632 kph)
Flight Endurance: 2 hour
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 KingdomTuesday, April 3, 2007RAF Demonstrates Technology Breakthrough by Remotely Flying a Pilotless Passenger JetWednesday, January 11, 2006RAF Tornado F3 Fires AIM-120 missileThursday, December 22, 2005UK Near Selling Typhoon to Saudi ArabiaWednesday, July 21, 2004Future British Armed Forces Takes Shape
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