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Panavia Tornado Interdictor/Strike
WargameAB Tornado-1
Info
Nation Flag Germany West Germany
Class Multirole Combat Aircraft
Variant(s) Tornado MFG
Tornado ECR
Cost 140 Supply
Specifications
Armor Front 0 / Side 0 / Rear 0 / Top 0
Icon WALB Strength 10
Icon WALB ECM 30%
Icon WRD Air Detection Exceptional
Speed 1000 km/h
Icon WALB Stealth Poor
Fuel Capacity 4000 L
Icon WRD T.O.T. 75 s
Icon WALB Year 1979
Icon WALB Type Airborne, Mechanized, Armored, Motorized, Support
Weapons
Autocannon Mauser BK-27 (27mm)
Bomb Mk. 83 (500kg)
AAM AIM-9L Sidewinder (IR)

The Panavia Tornado IDS is a West German interdictor/strike aircraft that first appears in Wargame: AirLand Battle.

HistoryEdit

As the most advanced tactical interdictor/strike aircraft produced in Europe, the Panavia Tornado obviates NATO's lack of weapons standardization by carrying almost every relevant air-launched armament in the inventory. It achieves this task at high subsonic speeds, masked from detection by automatic, all-weather terrain following, and protected from air and surface threats by a range of active and passive self-defense aids.

Meeting a challenging specification issued in the late 1960s, the Tornado's intended roles were interdiction, counter-air operations against airfields, battlefield interdiction, close air support, reconnaissance, maritime attack and point interception. An all-weather air superiority derivative, the Tornado ADV, was developed independently for UK requirements. Specific reconnaissance versions are the Luftwaffe's ECR and RAF's GR1A.

OverviewEdit

AirLand BattleEdit

The Tornado IDS is a powerful tank hunter available to West German and NATO decks. Carrying four highly accurate, fire-and-forget, extraordinarily powerful AGM-65D Maverick missiles, the IDS can wreak havoc on even top of the line tanks. The type is also useful for spot removal of command posts, or any ground target spotted by friendly forces. The two AIM-9L Sidewinders and BK-27 cannon also allow the Tornado IDS to attack helicopters, or strafe ground targets.

The main drawbacks of the IDS are its Medium ECM and high cost. At 160 points per aircraft, it is a choice target for enemy fighters or SAM sites. While its Medium ECM is fair for defense, it is not ideal for dealing with either advanced AAMs or SAMs, and so a fighter or SEAD escort is a good idea if the IDS is to spend any time over enemy territory.

Red DragonEdit

In Wargame: Red Dragon the Tornado IDS is a 140-point multi-role combat aircraft available to West German and NATO decks. In place of the four AGM-65D Maverick missiles are four Mk.83 500kg bombs. The type retains its two AIM-9L Sidewinder missiles and BK-27 cannon. It carries good ECM (30%). Because of the loadout change, the player's tactics for employing the IDS must change as well. No longer ideal for spot removal of heavily armored assets (this mission has been passed to the F-4F Peace Rhine), the IDS is more useful against a broad range of general threats.

The Mk.83 500kg bomb may not be as devastating as the 1000kg Mk.84, but it does pack strong explosive power (HE 15) and is useful for attacking light to medium armored vehicles, low-to-mid range tanks, support vehicles, infantry and their transports. The IDS can still be used to attack helicopters with its AIM-9L's and its cannon. The type is still vulnerable to enemy fighters and advanced SAMs, but after dropping its bomb load, will immediately evacuate, leaving it less liable to receive return fire or to be intercepted.

WeaponsEdit

AirLand BattleEdit

Weapons WAB Icon Mauser BK-27 WAB Icon AIM-9L
Type Autocannon AGM AAM
Name Mauser BK-27 AGM-65D Maverick AIM-9L Sidewinder
Caliber 27mm, AoE HEAT, F&F AoE, F&F
Ammo x 360 x 4 x 2
Range Ground = 2100 m
Helicopters = 1400 m
Icon WALB Airplanes = 2100 m
Ground = 3325 m
Helicopters = N/A m
Icon WALB Airplanes = N/A m
Ground = N/A m
Helicopters = 1750 m
Icon WALB Airplanes = 3150 m
Accuracy 7 10 10
Icon WRD Stabilizer N/A N/A N/A
AP Power 0 26 0
HE Power 1 0 4
Icon WALB Suppression 63 150 160
Rate of fire 1285 r/min 49 r/min 30 r/min

Red DragonEdit

Weapons WRD Icon Mauser BK-27 WRD Icon Mk.83 WRD Icon AIM-9L
Type Autocannon Bomb AAM
Name Mauser BK-27 Mk. 83 AIM-9L Sidewinder
Caliber 27mm, AoE AoE AoE, F&F
Ammo x 360 x 4 x 2
Range Ground = 2100 m
Helicopters = 1400 m
Icon WALB Airplanes = 2100 m
Ground = 3500 m
Helicopters = N/A m
Icon WALB Airplanes = N/A m
Ground = N/A m
Helicopters = 1750 m
Icon WALB Airplanes = 3150 m
Accuracy 35% 20% 50%
Icon WRD Stabilizer 35% N/A 50%
AP Power 0 0 0
HE Power 1 15 4
Icon WALB Suppression 63 834 160
Rate of fire 1285 r/min 42 r/min 30 r/min

GalleryEdit

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