Air International 1987-10
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K.Delve - Tornados in the EW Environment
A Tornado of MFG 1 from Schleswig in the anti-shipping role, with the BOZ pod to port and Cerberus II active jammer to starboard, as for the Luftwaffe. Armament includes internal cannon, a pair of AIM-9L Sidewinders and two Kormoran missiles.
Tornado из 33-й эскадры выполняет полет над лесным массивом в Германии - именно для таких условий и был разработан его темно-зеленый камуфляж. Самолет несет контейнер MW-1, который так же как и применяемый британцами JP233, требовал пролета непосредственно над целью, что и послужило причиной снятия его с вооружения. Его место заняла КР KEPD-350 Taurus.
A Luftwaffe Tornado in service with JaboG 31 "Boelke" carrying the MW-1 airfield-denial weapon dispenser, together with the standard chaff and EW pods and Sidewinders.
A HARM is shown leaving the inboard pylon of a trials Tornado; note the Sidewinder still in position. HARM testing on the Tornado began on 5 December 1985.
The BAe trials Tornado (ZA354) with the maximum nine-ALARM fit. This dearly shows also the IRD slots at the back of the BOZ pod.
Tornados "B" and "E" of No 9 Squadron RAF en route to a Green Flag sortie from Nellis AFB in February 1985. This was the first Exercise Green Flag in which non-USAF units had participated and the performance of the Tornado and its ECM fit came as a surprise to the USAF SAM and AAA operators.
A Marineflieger Tornado demonstrates an ECM fit, carrying four AGM-88A anti-radar missiles (two on the fuselage and one on each inboard pylon) together with Westinghouse AN/ALQ-101 noise/deception jamming pods outboard.
Funding allocations of DM 152m (?43-24m) in Fiscal 1986 R&D defence appropriations for initial development of the electronic combat/reconnaissance version of the Tornado for the Luftwaffe have marked the official launching of this long-standing follow-on programme for 40 aircraft.
The Luftwaffe fit on the Tornado, depicted here, includes the Cerberus II active jammer in the pod under the starboard wing, with the same BOZ 100 chaff and flare pod as used by the RAF under the port wing. A full load of bombs is shown, with two Sidewinders on the inboard pylons.
The MBB-developed reconnaissance pod, which is to be used by the Luftwaffe, is here seen on a Tornado of Marinefliegergeschwader 2. It first flew on a Tornado on 14 April 1981.
A Tornado of MFG 1 from Schleswig in the anti-shipping role, with the BOZ pod to port and Cerberus II active jammer to starboard, as for the Luftwaffe. Armament includes internal cannon, a pair of AIM-9L Sidewinders and two Kormoran missiles.
Underwing tanks and ECM pods on a Tornado GR Mk 1 of No 9 Squadron are seen prominently as the aircraft breaks over Nellis AFB, Nevada, after a sortie for Exercise Green Flag in February 1985.
The trials Tornado for BAe ALARM flight development, showing a seven-missile fit with wing tanks retained
A No 17 Squadron GR Mk 1 at Honington shows the RA F standard ECM fit of BOZ and Skyshadow pods on starboard and port wings. The RWE aerials are clearly seen at the top of the fin, but the weapons fit of eight 1,000 lb (454 kg) bombs is non-standard for the RAF.
A close-up of the BOZ pod on a No 31 Squadron Tornado.
The trials Tornado for BAe ALARM flight development, showing the three-missile fit on the inboard pylon that allows a nine-missile load to be carried, without wing tanks. Testing of the full ALARM load began on the Tornado on 13 February 1985.
RAF reconnaissance Tornados will have internally-mounted Linescan 4000 IRLS, indicated by the small fairing under the fuselage, and SLIR on each side, shown by the additional windows. The installation is flying on a GR Mk 1 trials aircraft ZA402.
A model of the Tornado ECR, now under active development for the Luftwaffe, which has ordered 40. The fit shown here includes ECM and chaff/flare pods, four Sidewinders and, under the fuselage two HARMs, in lieu of the MBB recce pod on the centreline.
The proposed Marineflieger fit of two HARM missiles plus two Kormorans, two Sidewinders and the BOZ and Cerberus II pods shown on an artist's impression of the Tornado.