|Panavia Tornado GR1|
|Class||Multirole Combat Aircraft|
|Variant(s)||Tornado ADV F2|
Tornado ADV F3
|Armor||Front 0 / Side 0 / Rear 0 / Top 0|
|Air Detection||Very Good|
|Fuel Capacity||4000 L|
|Type||Airborne, Mechanized, Armored, Motorized, Support|
|Autocannon||Mauser BK27 (27mm)|
|Cluster Bomb||IBL-755 (HEAT)|
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 GR1 operated by the Royal Air Force. The type is compatible with a variety of guided and unguided bombs, missiles, rockets, and specialized weaponry, such as the JP223 runway denial weapon. First delivered to the RAF in 1979, the GR1 became the basis for a variety of upgrades, to include the GR1A reconnaissance, GR1B anti-ship, and improved GR4 variants. The Tornado GR1 saw extensive use during Operation Desert Storm, making attacks with guided and unguided bombs, and runway-denial weaponry.
The Tornado GR1 IDS is a moderately-priced multi-role combat aircraft available to United Kingdom and NATO decks. It carries twin Mauser BK-27 cannons, four IBL-755 high-explosive anti-tank cluster bombs, and a pair of AIM-9L Sidewinder missiles. The loadout allows the GR1 to be used to attack enemy tank columns, as well as helicopters operating in the GR1's vicinity. The GR1's ECM, rated Medium, is decent for a combat aircraft of its cost. The main drawback of the GR1 IDS is the type's lack of a long range air to air missile, and a fighter escort should be considered when sending the GR1 over hostile territory.
Red Dragon: The Torando GR1Edit
The Tornado GR1 in Wargame: Red Dragon is a multi-role combat aircraft available to United Kingdom and BLUFOR decks. The GR1 has seen a slight bump in ECM (to 30%), and its IBL-755's AP power has increased to 6 from 5. The aircraft also carries four AIM-9L's, making it more effective at attacking enemy helicopters operating in its vicinity, or defending itself against enemy aircraft that get within close range. The aircraft still lacks a long-range missile, however, and at 130 points per aircraft, a fighter escort should be considered to deal with potential interceptors when sending the GR1 over enemy territory.