Started by nev, July 08, 2004, 12:12:05 PM
QuotePotential operators of the Tornado included Japan, Cananda & Australia. There was even a Wild Weasel version proposed to the USAF - they signed an agreement with Northrop over it (I intend to build this one day)
Quoteone image i do have somewhere is a USAF 'wild weasel' tornado, not sure where at the mo, but when i find it ill scan it in! (i think it appeared in an old Air International too?
QuoteThe USAF first evaluated the Tornado as a potential competitor in its Enhanced Tactical Fighter competition. There were suggestions that a USAF buy of the Tornado for use in that role might have led to an RAF buy of two-seat F-15s by the RAF for use in the air defence role, and to cancellation of the Tornado ADV. This competition was subsequently shelved, however, and when it was finally revived (as the Dual Role Fighter) it was won by the F-15E Eagle.Following the Tornado's unsuccessful participation in the USAF's Enhanced Tactical Fighter programme, another Tornado derivative was optimistically proposed to meet the USAF's Follow-On Wild Weasel requirement, tracked by Panavia from 1986. This envisaged the development of an existing, in-production, two-seat aircraft capable of incorporating new technology and a high degree of automation to reduce crew workload. Low cost of ownership was held to be a key requisite. The requirement was for 150 SEAD aircraft, and was important enough to prompt Panavia to sign an agreement with Rockwell North American Aircraft. Althoughall partner companies were involved, MBB took the lead, not least because of the experience it had built up integrating HARM on the Luftwaffe's Tornado ECR. The agreement, signed on 16 December 1988, made the US company an agent for the modified Tornado, and appointed the North American division as integrator of the AN/ALQ-99 emitter locator system.Rockwell would also be responsible for final assembly of the aircraft at its Palmdale plant. The aircraft proposed incorporated advanced emitter location systems and a HARM targeting system, differing from German and Italian Tornado ECRs in having all-round coverage for its integrated RHAWS and jammers. A contract award was expected in 1990, with service entry prior to 2000. Tornado was in a strong position, not least because the most important unit to be re-equipped was the 52nd TFW at Spangdahlem in Germany, where interoperability with German Tornados could have offered useful advantages. Other competitors included F-15 and F-16 derivatives, and ATF and ATA versions.In the end, the USAF's RFP was not issued, and the USAF's dedicated F-4G Wild Weasels were not directly replaced. Instead, they have been supplanted by HARM-equipped F-16s which lack a full emitter locator system.
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