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Tornado Gr4  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1998
Total Production: ?
Also Known As: Tornado Gr4A
Origin: United Kingdom
Corporations: Airbus Group, BAE Systems and Leonardo-Finmeccanica
Parent System: Tornado
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1979
Maiden Flight: 1974
Total Production: 1,001
Family Members: Tornado ADV, Tornado ECR 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 1979. 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 Gr4 is the most advanced derivative of proven Tornado IDS. The Royal Air Force (RAF) upgraded 142 Tornado Gr1 to the Gr4 configuration. Gr4 aircraft will be fully compatible with the latest weaponry such as the advanced Brimstone and Storm Shadow missiles. By 2018 all existing Tornado Gr4 aircraft will be replaced by the F-35B/C stealth multi-role fighter. The RAF retired the Tornado Gr4 fleet in March 2019.

Tornado Gr4 Specifications

Crew: 2
Number of Engines: 2
Height: 6 meter (19.7 foot)
Length: 17.2 meter (56 foot)
Main Gun Caliber: 27 millimeter
Wingspan: 13.9 meter (46 foot)
Max Range: 2,780 kilometer (1,501 nautical mile)
Top Speed at High Altitude: 731 mps (2,632 kph)
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
Meters (m)   Kilometers (km)   Nautic Miles (nm)   Inch (in)   Yard (yd)   Foot (ft)   Millimeter (mm)
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Shaft-Horse-Power (shp)

Tornado Gr4 News

There are 31 news between
21 Jul 2004 and 23 May 2019
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Thursday, May 23, 2019RAF Typhoons to Get BriteCloud 55 Expendable Active Decoys
Friday, February 8, 2019Royal Air Force Tornado to Retire Tornado Gr4 Aircraft Fleet by March
Monday, July 16, 2018Rolls-Royce Delivers Final RB199 Serviced Engine
Saturday, April 14, 2018France, UK and USA Launch 105 Cruise Missiles and GBU-38 Bombs against Syria
Wednesday, March 28, 2018Royal Air Force Tornado G4 Jets to Get BriteCloud Decoy System
Thursday, November 2, 2017Royal Air Force Typhoon Completes Integration Trials of Bimstone Missile
Friday, July 14, 2017RAF Typhoon Successfully Completes First Live Firing of Brimstone Missile
Friday, September 16, 2016RAF Orders Additional BriteCloud Missile Decoy Systems
Wednesday, July 13, 2016Brimstone 2 Missile Enters Service with Royal Air Force Tornado Gr4 Jets
Wednesday, March 30, 2016Royal Air Force Tornado Gr4 Jets Testing new BriteCloude Anti-Missile Decoy

Operators & Related Equipment

United Kingdom142
Mar 20190
2011136Five RAF Tornado Gr4 Squadrons
2010132Tornado Gr 4
2008206Tornado F3, Tornado Gr1/1A and Tornado Gr 4
2007224Tornado F3, Tornado Gr1/1A and Tornado Gr 4
2006234Tornado F3, Tornado Gr1/1A and Tornado Gr 4

Grand Total 1421
Defensive Weapons
Dual Mode Brimstonex6
GBU-10 Paveway II
GBU-12 Paveway II
GBU-16 Paveway II
GBU-24 Paveway III
GBU-27 Paveway III
Paveway IV
Offensive Weapons
Storm Shadowx2
Propulsion Systems
RB199-34R Mk103x2
Protection Systems
Sensor Systems
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