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Panavia Tornado F3

Photo ID 200950 by Chris Lofting. UK Air Force Panavia Tornado F3, ZE942
Developed from the Tornado IDS interdictor for wholly British requirements, the Tornado ADV (Air Defence Variant) was optimized for long-range interception. The primary missions were the protection of NATO’s northern and western approaches, and long-range air defence of UK maritime forces.

Design of the ADV was based around the carriage of four under fuselage BAe Sky Flash radar homing AAM’s, resulting in a 4ft. 5.5 in. (1.36m) longer airframe, which provides extra fuel space. Only the port 27mm cannon is retained and the refuelling probe is housed internally (unlike the IDS’s detachable bolt-on unit) and only inboard wing pylons are fitted.

The final production version of the Tornado ADV is the F3 variant. The Tornado F3 is fitted with an extended afterburner, which increases the fuselage length by 14in (36cm). Other changes are the provision for four, not two, AIM-9 Sidewinders, addition of a second INS and incorporation of a spin prevention and incidence limitation system (SPILS) for ‘carefree handling’.
  • Country of Origin: United Kingdom / Germany / Italy
  • First Flight: 1985
  • Initial Service Date: 1987
  • No. Built: 109
  • No. In Service: 14
  • No. of Hardpoints: 6
  • Crew: 2

Power:

2× Turbo-Union RB199-34R Mk. 104 turbofan at 9,100 lbf

Weapons:

1× 27mm Mauser BK-27 cannon with 180 rounds

Missiles:

Air-to-air missiles:
AIM-9L Sidewinder
AIM-120 AMRAAM
AIM-132 ASRAAM
BAe Active Skyflash

Dimensions:

Length:61 ft. 3 1/2 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:31,970 lbs
Max. Weight:61,700 lbs
Max. Ordnance Load:18,740 lbs
Internal Fuel:12,544 lbs

Performance:

Max. Speed:1,453 mph
Cruise Speed:585 mph
Service Ceiling:70,000 ft.
Normal Range:300 nm
Max. Range:1,000 nm

Operators:

Italy, Saudi-Arabia, United Kingdom.

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