Panavia Tornado F3 Aircraft Data
Photo ID 42080 by Rainer Mueller. UK Air Force Panavia Tornado F3, ZE838
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


2× Turbo-Union RB199-34R Mk. 104 turbofan at 40.48 kN


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


Air-to-air missiles:
AIM-9L Sidewinder
BAe Active Skyflash


Length: 18.68 m.
Wing Span: 13.91 / 8.60 m.
Wing Area: 26.60 m²
Height: 5.95 m.
Empty Weight: 15,402 kg.
Max. Weight: 27,986 kg.
Max. Ordnance Load: 8,500 kg.
Internal Fuel: 5,690 kg.


Max. Speed: 2,338 kph
Cruise Speed: 941.47 kph
Service Ceiling: 21,335 m.
Normal Range: 556 km
Max. Range: 1,850 km


Italy, Saudi-Arabia, United Kingdom.

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