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Panavia Tornado ECR
Tornado ECR
Info
Nation Flag Germany West Germany
Class SEAD Aircraft
Variant(s) Tornado IDS
Tornado MFG
Cost 160 Supply
Specifications
Armor Front 0 / Side 0 / Rear 0 / Top 0
Icon WALB Strength 10
Icon WALB ECM 50%
Icon WRD Air Detection Exceptional
Speed 1000 km/h
Icon WALB Stealth Medium
Fuel Capacity 4000 L
Icon WRD T.O.T. 60 s
Icon WALB Year 1990
Icon WALB Type Airborne, Mechanized, Armored, Motorized, Support
Weapons
SEAD AGM-88 HARM (ARM)
AAM AIM-9L Sidewinder (IR)

The Panavia Tornado ECR is a SEAD aircraft available to West German and NATO decks. The Tornado ECR was introduced in Wargame: Red Dragon.

HistoryEdit

The Panavia Tornado is a twin-engine, two-seat, swing-wing multi-role fighter used by Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom and Saudi Arabia. It was developed in three main variants: IDS (Interdictor/Strike), ADV (Air Defense Variant), and ECR (Electronic Combat/Reconnaissance). The genesis of the Tornado dates to the 1960's, where West Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium and Canada began examining potential replacements for their F-104 Starfighter aircraft. The Multi-Role Combat Aircraft team saw several changes by 1969, Canada dropping out of the project for political reasons, Belgium deciding to purchase Mirage aircraft from France, and the Netherlands deciding the aircraft being developed was too complicated. Panavia GmbH was formed by the United Kingdom, West Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands (before they left the project) to produce the Tornado.

The ECR or "Electronic Combat/Reconnaissance" variant of the Tornado is operated by West Germany and Italy specifically for the Suppression of Enemy Air Defense (SEAD) mission. First delivered in 1990, the ECR features powerful ECM, threat warning receivers, and compatibility with the AGM-88 HARM. 35 Tornado ECRs were delivered to the German Luftwaffe, which also featured improved RB199 Mk.105 engines, but which eliminated the internal Mauser BK-27 cannon.

OverviewEdit

Red DragonEdit

The Tornado ECR is a SEAD aircraft available to West German and NATO decks. Equipped with exceptional ECM (50%), Medium Stealth and a 1000km/h top speed, the ECR can get to its intended target area quickly, and do so even against advanced SAMs or long-range AAMs. Its four AGM-88 HARMs make the ECR deadly to enemy air defenses, and although it lacks a cannon, the Tornado ECR carries four AIM-9L Sidewinder missiles, allowing the type to defend itself against enemy fighters close in, or to attack enemy helicopters operating in its area.

The main drawbacks of the Tornado ECR are its high cost and lack of a cannon. Although fairly safe from long range missiles thanks to the combination of ECM and stealth characteristics, the ECR can still be swarmed and splashed by relatively inexpensive fighters if it stays over enemy territory for too long. The lack of a cannon leads to some tactical inflexibility, however given the type's primary SEAD mission, shouldn't be too noticeable a drawback.

WeaponsEdit

Red DragonEdit

Weapons WRD Icon AGM-88 HARM WRD Icon AIM-9L
Type ARM AAM No Weapon
Name AGM-88 HARM AIM-9L Sidewinder
Caliber HEAT, F&F, SEAD AoE, F&F
Ammo x 4 x 4
Range Ground = 5250 m
Helicopters = N/A m
Icon WALB Airplanes = N/A m
Ground = N/A m
Helicopters = 1750 m
Icon WALB Airplanes = 3150 m
Accuracy 40% 50%
Icon WRD Stabilizer 40% 50%
AP Power 20 0
HE Power 0 4
Icon WALB Suppression 150 160
Rate of fire 20 r/min 30 r/min

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See AlsoEdit

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