|Panavia Tornado GR1B|
|Class||Multirole Combat Aircraft|
|Armor||Front 0 / Side 0 / Rear 0 / Top 0|
|Air Detection||Very Good|
|Fuel Capacity||4000 L|
|Type||Marines, Airborne, Mechanized, Armored, Motorized, Support|
|Autocannon||Mauser BK-27 (27mm)|
|ASM||Sea Eagle (Radar)|
|AAM||AIM-9L Sidewinder (IR)|
The Tornado GR1B is a Naval Anti-Ship aircraft available to NATO forces. It was introduced in Wargame: Red Dragon
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 Tornado IDS or "Interdictor/Strike" was the basis for the GR1B, a specialized anti-shipping variant of the IDS/GR1. 26 Tornado IDS were converted to GR1B, and were based at RAF Lossiemouth, Scotland, replacing the Blackburn Buccaneer. The GR1B features compatibility with up to four Sea Eagle anti-ship missiles.
The Panavia Tornado GR1B is a 140-point Naval Anti-Ship aircraft available to NATO decks. The GR1B carries a pair of powerful Sea Eagle anti-ship missiles, four AIM-9L Sidewinders and the BK-27 cannon. The Sea Eagle has good accuracy (60%) and excellent AP (100), making it dangerous to all but the best defended ships. The AIM-9L and cannon compliment allow the GR1B to attack enemy helicopters or defend itself against enemy fighters. The Tornado GR1B is not without its drawbacks, namely its ECM (a medium 20%, which leaves the type vulnerable to SAMs and AAMs), and the small ASM loadout of only two missiles. This hinders the GR1B's effectiveness when attacking command ships with effective CIWS. At 140 points per aircraft, the GR1B isn't cheap, and is vulnerable to attack by multiple lower-cost or a single medium-range Air Superiority fighter.