Panavia Tornado A200C

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Tornado: 41 anni e non sentirli - Aviation Report
Description: The Panavia Tornado A200C is the result of the MLU (Mid Life Uptate) program. But before talk about this version, let’s talk about the history and origin of the Tornado. The Tornado project began on March 26, 1969, when Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands agreed to build a new multi-role fighter-bomber. In 1970, the first two prototypes, P01 (German), flew on August 14 1974, and the British P02 on October 30 of the same year. The first Italian prototype, the P05, flew on October 5 1975. The initial production plan called for a total of 212 aircraft for the RAF, 200 for the Luftwaffe, 112 for the Naval Air Forces and 100 for the AMI. The only country to acquire this aircraft outside the development countryes was Saudia Arabia. In July 2002, the AMI (Italian Air Force) began the “IT Mid Life Uptate” to increase combat efficiency and modernize most aspects of the aircraft and keep it in service until 2025. The plan was to modernize 70% of the Tornado fleet at a maximum cost of 1450 million euros, and the entire conversion project will be completed by 2015. The MLU project was divided into three parts: The first part included the conversion of 18 aircraft to the RET6 (Retro Enabling Task) standard, which introduced new systems such as a new IFF, more secure radio communication systems, a new night vision system and more weapons such as the EGBU 24, GBU 31 and Storm Shadow. Other features included the WSO’s navigation system and the ability to carry new pods such as the Rafael Recce Light and Thales CLDP. in 2003, the first part of the project was started and completed in 2007. The second part, called RET7, involved upgrading 15 more Tornados and was conducted from 2009 to 2011. The final part of the project, called “MLU Full” or RET8, involved upgrading a total of 25 more aircraft (10 IDS and 15 ECR) with the new DASS control system, new radar warning systems and the ability to carry new weapons such as the ATK AGM88-E Harm and the GBU 39/B. This aircraft also participated in several wars, such as the second Gulf War and Operation Odissey against Libya. The anti-aircraft missiles that this aircraft equip the short-range AIM 9L/I-1.

Why it should be in the game: It will be an upgade to the alredy in game Tornado and it will give to Italy another very efficient CAS aircraft. It can replace the Jaguar (never used by the Italian air force) as a nuclear strike aircraft.

Specifications:

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Wings Span: 8.60/13.90 m
Leght: 16.70 m
Height: 5.95 m
Weight: 28000 kg
Propulsion: 2x Turbo Uninion RB199
Maximum speed: 2400 km/h
range: 3800 km
Crew: 2 People

Weapons:

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Cannons
2x 27 mm cannons
Bombs:
12x Mk82
12x Mk82 Snakeye
12x Mk83
4x MK84
12x SEI Low Drag Bomb
12x MK20 Rokey
10x BL755
4x GBU16
6x GBU12
6x LIZARD IV
4x EBGU16
2x GBU24
2x EGBU24
6x Griffin
5x GBU31
9x GBU32 JDAM
8x GBU39/B
8x GBU39A/B
8x GBU39B/B
9x GBU38
2x SPICE 2000
Anti Radiation Missile:
4x ATK AGM 88-E Harm
Cruise Missiles:
4x Storm Shadow
Nuclear Bomb:
1x B61
Air to Air Missiles:
2x AIM9L/I-1
Anti Ship Missile:
4x AS 34 Kormoran

Sources:

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Books:

Coccarde Tricolori Speciale 10 (RN Publishing) (Riccardo Nicoli)

Italian Aviation Series Tornado IDS/ECR (Aviation collectables company)

Italian Tornado MLU – QRA Aviation – Military Aviation Magazine

Vola il primo Tornado "Basic IT Full MLU" dell'Aeronautica Militare

https://www.difesa.it/SGD-DNA/Staff/DT/ARMAEREO/Programmi/Ala-Fissa/Documents/Tornado.pdf

Altri 15 Tornado MLU per l’Aeronautica Militare/Italian Air Force Orders Fifteen More Tornado MLU

Panavia Tornado - Militarypedia

'UNIFIED PROTECTOR': LE CAPACITÀ DI ATTACCO DELL’AM - Aeronautica Militare

Tornado, caccia multiruolo europeo – Armieoltre

ATTIVITÀ DI PROVA DEL PROGRAMMA TORNADO SDB - Aeronautica Militare

https://www.giorgiociarini.it/index.php/8-portfolio/120-6-stormo-tornado-ids.html

40 anni del Tornado - 40 years of Tornado - The Aviation

A Ghedi i Tornado dell'Aeronautica Militare celebrano 40 anni di operatività - Aviation Report

https://theaviationist.com/2020/12/06/italian-tornado-ids-aircraft-are-flying-anti-daesh-isr-missions-with-enhanced-countermeasures-pod/
Trade Registers
https://theaviationist.com/2017/03/28/here-are-some-photographs-of-the-italian-tornado-ids-attack-planes-during-their-winter-air-to-ground-training-campaign-in-sardinia/

Italian Tornadoes with Rafael SPICE GBUs - Aircraft Modern - Britmodeller.com

https://theaviationist.com/2020/12/03/focus-on-the-tornado-ids-with-reccelite-ii-pod-flying-isr-missions-in-support-of-operation-inherent-resolve/

https://theaviationist.com/2015/11/15/panavia-tornado-with-four-sdbs/

Pictures

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'UNIFIED PROTECTOR': LE CAPACITÀ DI ATTACCO DELL’AM - Aeronautica Militare

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MM7029 - Italy - Air Force Panavia Tornado - IDS at Rivolto | Photo ID 1380589 | Airplane-Pictures.net
https://www.aeronautica.difesa.it/2011/06/06/unified-protector-le-capacita-di-attacco-dellam/
PANAVIA Tornado A-200C/IDS(MLU) | Italian Air Force | Mark Rourke | Flickr

Here the A200C with the BOZ-102 Enhanced Capability self-defense pods

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MM7036 Aeronautica Militare (Italian Air Force) Panavia Tornado IDS Photo by Varani Ennio - VRN Spotter Group | ID 1339579 | Planespotters.net

MM7073 / 6-34 - Panavia Tornado IDS MLU - Air Force - Italy (03.11.2018) - FlyFinland.fi

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MM7004 | Panavia Tornado IDS | Italy - Air Force | Ömür Sadikoglu | JetPhotos

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Italian Air Force Panavia Tornado A200-A | Fantastic colour … | Flickr

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MM7037 Aeronautica Militare (Italian Air Force) Panavia Tornado IDS photographed at RAF Fairford (FFD / EGVA) by Aldo Bidini

Air International 2015-10

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Aeronautica Militare: in Kuwait i Tornado subentrano agli Eurofighter - Aviation Report

DSC_7350 | 6-50 Italian Air Force Panavia A-200C Tornado IDS… | Flickr

Here are some photographs of the Italian Tornado IDS attack planes during their winter air-to-ground training campaign in Sardinia - The Aviationist

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F-35 AMX Tornado Cameri

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Videos

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+1 lets hope if it does come it wont be DOA

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+1 italy used it so italy must have it

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