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Tornado MFG
Tornado MFG
Info
Nation NATO Insignia BLUFOR
Class Multirole Combat Aircraft
Variant(s) F-104G Starfighter
Cost 180 Supply
Specifications
Armor Front 0 / Side 0 / Rear 0 / Top 0
Icon WALB Strength 10
Icon WALB ECM 40%
Icon WRD Air Detection Very Good
Speed 1000 km/h
Icon WALB Stealth Poor
Fuel Capacity 4000 L
Icon WRD T.O.T. 75 s
Icon WALB Year 1991
Icon WALB Type Marines, Airborne, Mechanized, Armored, Motorized, Support
Weapons
Autocnnon Mauser Bk-27 (27mm)
ASM AS.34 Kormoran 2 (Radar)
AAM AIM-9L Sidewinder (IR)

The Panavia Tornado MFG (Marinefliegergeschwader - "Marine Air Wing") is a Naval Anti-Ship aircraft available to NATO decks. It first appeared 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 Tornado IDS or "Interdictor/Strike" was the type used by the West German Marineflieger for anti-ship and marine reconnaissance missions. 112 of the type were purchased to replace the aging Starfighter, and were split into two squadrons. The Marineflieger IDS was given compatibility with Kormoran anti-ship missiles, cluster bombs, and later, the AGM-88 HARM. It was also given compatibility with panoramic optical and infrared cameras for the marine reconnaissance mission.

OverviewEdit

Red DragonEdit

The Tornado MFG is a 180-point Naval Anti-Ship aircraft, carrying four Kormoran anti-ship missiles, two AIM-9L Sidewinder air-to-air missiles, and an internal Bk 27 cannon. The type has very good ECM (40%) and excellent top speed. The Kormoran is extremely accurate and has good AP and explosive power. It is, however, shorter ranged than most other NATO anti-ship missiles, forcing the Tornado to get closer to its intended target before firing. The AIM-9L's and cannon allow the Tornado to attack helicopters or strafe lightly armored ground units.

The Tornado MFG's major drawbacks are its high cost and lack of a long-range AAM. A fighter escort is a good idea, since the Tornado cannot fend of an aerial attacker until it is in very close range, and the Kormoran's short range requires the plane to get closer to its target than an Exocet, Sea Eagle or Harpoon, leaving the Tornado more likely to be detected and intercepted by an enemy fighter. Its high ECM helps its survivability.

WeaponsEdit

Red DragonEdit

Weapons WRD Icon Mauser BK-27 WRD Icon AS.34 Kormoran 2 WRD Icon AIM-9L
Type Autocannon ASM AAM
Name Mauser Bk-27 AS.34 Kormoran 2 AIM-9L Sidewinder
Caliber 27mm, AoE HEAT, F&F, SHIP AoE, F&F
Ammo x 360 x 4 x 2
Range Ground = 2100 m
Helicopters = 1400 m
Icon WALB Airplanes = 2100 m
Ground = 4900 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% 75% 50%
Icon WRD Stabilizer 35% 75% 50%
AP Power 0 80 0
HE Power 1 4 4
Icon WALB Suppression 63 N/A 160
Rate of fire 1285 r/min 60 r/min 30 r/min

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