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 ECR (Electronic Combat and Reconnaissance) was developed to meet the requirements of Germany. It performs reconnaissance, electronic battle management, and SEAD missions. It is equipped with an advanced FLIR, an emitter locator system and AGM-88 HARM anti-radiation missiles.
Tornado ECR Specifications
Number of Engines: 2 Dimensions Height: 6 meter (19.7 foot)
Length: 17.2 meter (56 foot)
Wingspan: 13.9 meter (46 foot) Performance Max Range: 2,780 kilometer (1,501 nautical mile) Speed Top Speed at High Altitude: 731 mps (2,632 kph) Weight Empty Weight: 14,000 kilogram (30,864 pound)
Max Takeoff Thrust: 29,680 pound (13,463 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 ECR News
There are 5 news between 16 Nov 2005 and 6 Jun 2017