Panavia Tornado GR1B Aircraft Data
Photo ID 227685 by Chris Lofting. UK Air Force Panavia Tornado GR1B, ZA447
As a replacement for the Blackburn Buccaneer at total of 26 GR.1's were modified to the GR.1B version. The Tornado GR.1B was a specialised anti-shipping variant of the RAF Tornado GR.1. It was based in Scotland at RAF Lossiemouth. Its main weapon in its primary mission was the Sea Eagle missile. When the Tornado strike aircraft of the Royal Air Force were updated to the GR.4 standard in the late 1990s, there was no corresponding GR.4B version of the GR.1B. It was judged that a specialised anti-shipping variant of the aircraft was no longer needed as the threat from surface warships the GR.1B was designed to operate against, had decreased and also because the Sea Eagle missile was coming towards the end of its shelf-life and there were no plans to replace it due to the cost of doing so.
  • Country of Origin: United Kingdom / Germany / Italy
  • First Flight:
  • Initial Service Date: 1994
  • No. Built: 26
  • No. In Service: 0
  • No. of Hardpoints: 8
  • Crew: 2

Power:

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

Weapons:

2× 27mm Mauser BK-27 cannon with 180 rounds per cannon

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-ship missiles:
2× BAe Sea Eagle

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)
Up to 4× WE.177 tactical nuclear weapons

Dimensions:

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: 11,221 lbs

Performance:

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

Operators:

United Kingdom.

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