Panavia Tornado GR4A Aircraft Data
Photo ID 199721 by M. Baumann. UK Air Force Panavia Tornado GR4A, ZG709
The GR.1A was a reconnaissance variant of the RAF GR.1. With the upgrade of the GR.1 to GR.4 standard, similarly the GR.1A became the GR.4A.

Upgrades to the more than twenty-year old aircraft included FLIR (Forward Looking Infra Red), a wide-angle HUD (Heads-Up Display), improved cockpit displays, NVG (Night Vision Goggles) capabilities, new avionics and weapons systems, updated computer systems, and a Global Positioning System receiver. The updated weapons system allowed integration of the latest offensive weapons, for example the Storm Shadow and Brimstone missiles and reconnaissance equipment such as the RAPTOR pod. As of late 2006, the GR.4 fleet is being fitted with a new 12.8-inch Multi-function display in the rear cockpit to replace the circular Combined Radar and Projected Map Display (CRPMD): The BAE Systems Tornado Advanced Radar Display Information System (TARDIS) is an Active-matrix liquid crystal display.
  • Country of Origin: United Kingdom / Germany / Italy
  • First Flight: 1997
  • Initial Service Date: 1998
  • No. Built: 25
  • No. In Service: 23
  • No. of Hardpoints: 8
  • Crew: 2

Power:

2× Turbo-Union RB199-34R Mk. 103 turbofan at 38.48 kN

Weapons:

Missiles:

Air-to-air missiles:
AIM-9 Sidewinder or IRIS-T or AIM-132 ASRAAM

Air-to-surface missiles:
6× AGM-65 Maverick; or
12× Brimstone missile; or
4× Storm Shadow or Taurus KEPD 350 cruise missile

Anti-radiation missiles:
4× AGM-88 HARM; or
6× ALARM missile

Bombs:
Hunting Engineering BL755 cluster bombs; or
HOPE/HOSBO GPS/electro-optically guided glide bombs; or
Paveway series of Laser-guided bomb (LGB); or
Up to 2× JP233 or MW-1 munitions dispensers (for runway cratering operations)

Dimensions:

Length: 16.72 m.
Wing Span: 13.91 / 8.60 m.
Wing Area: 26.60 m²
Height: 5.95 m.
Empty Weight: 14,091 kg.
Max. Weight: 27,951 kg.
Max. Ordnance Load: 9,000 kg.
Internal Fuel: 5,090 kg.

Performance:

Max. Speed: 2,338 kph
Cruise Speed: 941.47 kph
Service Ceiling: 15,240 m.
Normal Range: 1,390 km
Max. Range: 3,889.20 km

Operators:

United Kingdom.

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