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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 items 1992-2012 Chart includes Tornado IDS (57)
Tornado IDS Specifications
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)
Max Takeoff Thrust: 29,680 pound (13,463 kilogram)
Max Takeoff Weight: 28,500 kilogram (62,831 pound)
Min Weight: 14,000 kilogram (30,864 pound)
Payload: 9,000 kilogram (19,841 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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Tornado IDS News
There are 20 news between
27 Oct 2003 and 8 Sep 2014
Monday, September 8, 2014IRIS-T Missile Program Reaches 4,000th Unit Produced MilestoneTuesday, November 19, 2013Saab to Supply Self-Protection Equipment for German Tornado IDS and ECR JetsMonday, March 11, 2013Italian Air Force to Upgrade its Tornado Strike Aircraft FleetWednesday, January 16, 2013Rolls-Royce Wins New Engine Support Contract in Saudi ArabiaFriday, September 7, 2012Diehl Updates Development Status of PILUM Glide Missile SystemFriday, July 6, 2012Cassidian Delivers First ASSTA 3.0 Tornados to German Air ForceFriday, February 10, 2012First Flight of German Tornado IDS Aircraft with ASSTA 3.0 SoftwareThursday, June 16, 2011FMS: Germany Requests Tornado Aircraft Training and Logistics SupportMonday, February 7, 2011Cassidian Tests MIDS Data Transmission System on German Air Force TornadoMonday, December 20, 2010First Second Tranche Tornado IDS MLU Aircraft Handed Over to Italian Air Force
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