[3][17], Production of the Tornado ADV was performed between 1980 and 1993. The ballast was nicknamed Blue Circle, which was a play on the Rainbow Codes nomenclature, and a British brand of cement called Blue Circle. [20][21] The CSP saw the removal of a non-standard state of aircraft; various upgrades, in particular to the Foxhunter radar, had led to a situation described as "fleets within fleets". The aircraft deployed to the region were later upgraded in a crash program with improved radar and engines, better defensive countermeasures and several adaptions to the weapons systems to improve combat performance in the Iraqi theatre;[33] however, they still lacked modern IFF and secure communications equipment. [27], The capability of its weapon systems was a dramatic improvement over its predecessors. The low-level, high-speed reconnaissance Tornado GR 1A is in service with the air forces of Germany, Italy and Saudi Arabia. [20] The Foxhunter radar caused difficulties in the upgrade programme, in particular the integration of the new AMRAAM missile. "Italy to lease 35 F-16 jets from USA until Eurofighter operational". ", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Panavia_Tornado_ADV&oldid=988214055, Wikipedia articles needing page number citations from December 2011, Aircraft specs templates using afterburner without dry parameter, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. A Tornado F3 performing an aerobatic display in Sussex, 2005, Footage of Tornado F3 squadron operations, "Panavia Tornado ADV total production source from panavia homepage", Panavia Tornado ADV (Air Defense Variant), "RAF abandons missile system after near miss. ", "Historic squadron is disbanded – but Fighting Cocks may fly again", "QinetiQ wins contract to use Tornado F3 for BVRAAM trials. [38], In 2003, the Tornado F3 was one of the assets used in Operation Telic, Britain's contribution to the Iraq War. TORNADO MODEL 1000. [16] Serious problems were discovered with the Foxhunter radar, which meant that the aircraft were delivered with concrete and lead ballast installed in the nose as an interim measure until they could be fitted with the radar sets. 111 (F) Squadron, located at RAF Leuchars, was disbanded on 22 March 2011. ", "Italian air force faces tough 12 months as cash cuts bite. ", "BAE official denies reports of Tornado sale cancellation. In this capacity, it was equipped with a powerful radar and beyond-visual-range missiles; however, initial aircraft produced to the F2 standard lacked radars due to development issues. [6][7], In 1976, The British Aircraft Corporation was contracted to provide three prototype aircraft. Ready to Fly (No Paint) Two Place (Additonal Cost). The Tornado ADV had its origins in an RAF Air Staff Requirement 395 (or ASR.395), which called for a long-range interceptor to replace the Lightning F6 and Phantom FGR2. The Tornado II is designed to The Tornado F3's of Leuchars Fighter Wing operated all over Iraq, including missions over and around Baghdad, throughout Operation Telic. instruments because of different customer preferences. This, The first aircraft was accepted on 5 July 1995 and flown to its Italian base the same day. The aircraft provides real-time reconnaissance, with facilities for in-flight review of reconnaissance data, recording for post-flight analysis and instant ground access to recorded imagery. This was similar in concept to the automatic sweeping wing (ASW) capability of F-14, a capability that greatly enhanced maneuverability but did not exist on any previous Tornado IDS and ADV models. [46], First training of AMI pilots began in March 1995 at RAF Coningsby while technicians gained experience at RAF Cottesmore and Coningsby. the FAA. [17] The F3's primary armament when it entered into service was the short-range Sidewinder and the medium-range Skyflash missiles, a British design based on the American AIM-7 Sparrow. [3][12] The stretch was applied to the Tornado front fuselage being built by the UK, with a plug being added immediately behind the cockpit, which had the unexpected benefit of reducing drag and making space for an additional fuel tank (Tank '0') carrying 200 imperial gallons (909 L; 240 U.S. gal) of fuel. 29 (Fighter) Squadron became the first RAF squadron to be declared operational with the Tornado ADV. [15], The Tornado F2 was the initial version of the Tornado ADV in Royal Air Force service, with 18 being built. [45] These fighters were to operate alongside the service's obsolescent F-104ASA Starfighters. [28] Compared with the Phantom, the Tornado had greater acceleration, twice the range and loiter time, and was more capable of operating from short 'austere' air strips. 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