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Panavia Tornado ECR

Photo ID 199737 by M. Baumann. Germany Air Force Panavia Tornado ECR, 46 53
Operated by Germany and Italy, the ECR (Electronic Combat and Reconnaissance) is a Tornado variant devoted to SEAD missions. It was first delivered on 21 May 1990. The ECR is equipped with an emitter-locator system (ELS) which is designed to locate enemy radar sites and armed with the AGM-88 HARM. The Luftwaffe's 35 ECRís were delivered new, while Italy received 16 converted IDSís (also designated as Tornado ITECR, ITalian Electronic Combat and Reconnaissance).

The ECR retains the Cerberus jamming pod, BOZ-101 chaff/flare dispenser and AIM-9 self defence AAMís of the IDS, but both cannons are deleted.

German ECRís were equipped with a Honeywell infra-red imaging systems for reconnaissance, however operational experience lead to the removal of this system; It was considered impractical for one aircraft to be tasked with both SEAD and reconnaissance.

Italian ECRís (ITECR) differ from the Luftwaffe aircraft in that they were never equipped with a reconnaissance capability and as IDS conversion they are equipped with RB199 Mk.103 engines. Luftwaffe ECRís are equipped with RB199 Mk.105 which have a slightly higher thrust rating. The first ITECR was delivered on 27 February 1998, and formally accepted on 7 April 1998.
  • Country of Origin: United Kingdom / Germany / Italy
  • First Flight: 1988
  • Initial Service Date: 1990
  • No. Built: 50
  • No. In Service: 48
  • No. of Hardpoints: 8
  • Crew: 2


2◊ Turbo-Union RB199-34R Mk. 101 turbofan at 8,475 lbf or 2◊ Turbo-Union RB199-34R Mk. 103 turbofan at 8,650 lbf or 2◊ Turbo-Union RB199-34R Mk. 105 turbofan at 9,555 lbf



Air-to-air missiles:
AIM-9 Sidewinder

Anti-radiation missiles:
4◊ AGM-88 HARM


Length:54 ft. 10 1/4 in.
Wing Span:45.64 ft. / 28.22 ft in.
Wing Area:286.33 sq.ft
Height:19 ft. 6 1/4 in.
Empty Weight:31,065 lbs
Max. Weight:61,620 lbs
Max. Ordnance Load:19,841 lbs
Internal Fuel:10,273.53 lbs


Max. Speed:1,453 mph
Cruise Speed:585 mph
Service Ceiling:50,000 ft.
Normal Range:750 nm
Max. Range:2,100 nm


Germany, Italy.

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Photo ID 23831 by Roberto Bianchi. Germany Air Force Panavia Tornado ECR, 46 24
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Photo ID 80370 by Andreas Weber. Germany Air Force Panavia Tornado ECR, 46 29
Photo ID 199584 by Radim Spalek. Germany Air Force Panavia Tornado ECR, 46 32
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