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Tornado IDS  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1982
Total Production: 793
Also Known As: Tornado Gr1
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 ADV, Tornado ECR and Tornado Gr4
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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 IDS was designed to carry out surface attack missions ranging from air strikes to anti-ship attack missions. It features two 27mm guns mounted under the forward fuselage. Typically carries two external fuel tanks, 2 Sidewinder air-to-air missiles for self-defense, electronic countermeasures and chaff/flare dispensing pods, and the weapons load under the centerline airframe. A laser designator pod can be also provided for delivery of precision guided weapons.

Tornado IDS currently in service with Germany and Italy are being upgraded to remain in service beyond 2020. The upgraded Tornado will feature improved performance and will be able to release the latest weaponry such as the impressive Taurus KEPD 350 and Storm Shadow cruise missiles.

Tornado IDS 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
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Tornado IDS News

There are 21 news between
27 Oct 2003 and 11 Apr 2017
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Tuesday, April 11, 2017German Air Force Orders 29 Additional BOZ-101 EC Self-Protection Pods
Monday, September 8, 2014IRIS-T Missile Program Reaches 4,000th Unit Produced Milestone
Tuesday, November 19, 2013Saab to Supply Self-Protection Equipment for German Tornado IDS and ECR Jets
Monday, March 11, 2013Italian Air Force to Upgrade its Tornado Strike Aircraft Fleet
Wednesday, January 16, 2013Rolls-Royce Wins New Engine Support Contract in Saudi Arabia
Friday, September 7, 2012Diehl Updates Development Status of PILUM Glide Missile System
Friday, July 6, 2012Cassidian Delivers First ASSTA 3.0 Tornados to German Air Force
Friday, February 10, 2012First Flight of German Tornado IDS Aircraft with ASSTA 3.0 Software
Thursday, June 16, 2011FMS: Germany Requests Tornado Aircraft Training and Logistics Support
Monday, February 7, 2011Cassidian Tests MIDS Data Transmission System on German Air Force Tornado

Operators & Related Equipment

201885all variants ASSTA 3.0 standard
2012187all variants
2011211all variants
2010188all variants
2009208all variants
2008218all variants
2007256all variants
2006256all variants
Italian Air Force is upgrading 68 aircraft beginning in July 2002 (18+15+35) to extend their service life through at least 2025
United Kingdom273

Grand Total 7934
Defensive Weapons
AIM-9M Sidewinderx2
GBU-10 Paveway II
GBU-12 Paveway II
GBU-16 Paveway II
GBU-24 Paveway III
GBU-27 Paveway III
GBU-54 Laser JDAM
Offensive Weapons
AGM-65A Maverick
Storm Shadowx2
Taurus KEPD 350x2
Propulsion Systems
RB199-34R Mk101x2
RB199-34R Mk103x2
Protection Systems
Sky Buzzerx2
Sensor Systems
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