Multirole Fighter Aircraft

Multirole Fighter Aircraft

Modern fighter aircraft are expected to have unmatched levels of mobility, weaponry and flight range. No other British military fighter exceeds these qualities like the Tornado series of fighter jets. Launched in 1974 by BAE systems, the Tornado is one of the most popular fighter aircraft in European national defense. The 5 forms of Tornado operation distinguish its purpose as an all-purpose fighter aircraft.

The GR1 version of the tornado was designated for indirect attack. GR1 aircraft were mounted with advance sensor technology and defensive aids for low range heavy penetration missions. Each GR1 had an intricate weapons system including dual cannons, a variety of bombing systems and anti-radar missiles.

The GR4 version of the Tornado was the upgrade from the GR1 in 2003. The advancements to the stealth technology and avionics systems allows for a faster defense package. Previous GR1 modes were only allowed to release weapons systems in linear fashion. The current upgrades have allowed for simultaneous release of all weaponry. The improvements of the GR4 are so incredible they allow for seamless transition of new technology to be added to simplify all electronic systems periodically instead of large overhauls every 20 years of service.

The remaining versions of the Tornado include the GR1A reconnaissance, GR1B maritime and F3 defense variant versions. Each of these Tornado models were designed to operate covertly and focus on medium range attacks. They served along the primary GR1 and GR4 versions to assist in data gathering and decoy missions. The Tornado’s size and maneuverability attributes allow for these operations to be completed with ease. For further insight on demonstrations of Tornado flight capabilities.