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Alenia Aermacchi handed over to the Italian Air Force the first modernized Tornado ECR aircraft

Alenia Aermacchi handed over to the Italian Air Force the first modernized Tornado ECR aircraft

Alenia Aermakki, together with partners in the Panavia consortium (BAe Systems and Cassidian), handed over the first reconnaissance aircraft to the Italian Air Force and the EW Tornado ECR that was upgraded under the RET 8 program.

Currently, Alenia Aermacchi is working on upgrading the Tornado ECR's 15 aircraft, the company's press service said.

The Tornado ECR MLU is a modernized version of an aircraft in service with the Italian Air Force. Its main task is to detect and suppress the radiating elements of the enemy’s air defense system with anti-radar missiles.

The modernization provides for the integration of a number of subsystems, the expansion of combat capabilities, the modification of avionics and software. Thus, the Tornado ECR MLU aircraft is equipped with an integrated inertial / GPS navigation system with a multi-mode receiver (MMR) to provide a “blind” instrument landing.

The new communication and identification system complies with the latest standards for ensuring the security of communication, as well as receiving / transmitting information through a multifunctional data distribution system (MIDS) integrated with the TACAN radio navigation system.

The cockpit of the pilot and navigator are equipped with new multi-functional displays with an improved interface "man-machine", reducing the load on the crew; the navigator's cabin is equipped with new TVTAB LCD color displays, which have replaced monochrome; Internal and external lighting systems are compatible with night vision goggles.

The aircraft’s electronic intelligence capabilities have also been improved, including the detection and identification of threats. The software provides the integration of new sensors, components of avionics and weapons, including the new version of the AGM-88E AARGM (Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile) anti-radar missile and high-precision JDAM guided bombs.

The Tornado aircraft was designed and manufactured in 1960-1970. by the consortium Panavia Aircraft, consisting of British British Aerospace (now BA Systems), Italian Aeritalia (now Alenia Aeronautica) and German MBB (Cassidian). About 1000 aircraft versions of the IDS, ECR and air defense interceptor were produced for the participating countries of the program and the Air Force of Saudi Arabia.

The mid-term MLU (Mid-Life Upgrade) mid-term upgrade program of the Tornado Air Force of the Italian Air Force is divided into three phases: “initial upgrade” (RET 6), “main MLU” (RET 7) and “complete MLU” (RET 8 ).

RET 8 is the final stage of the project to modernize the Italian aircraft. Its implementation began in 2008. The RET 8 phase provides for upgrading the Tornado IDS aircraft 10, which previously underwent RET 7, as well as 15 additional reconnaissance aircraft and EW Tornado ECR.
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  1. Nesvet Nezar
    Nesvet Nezar 14 May 2013 10: 25 New
    Alenina Aeromakaki - tin ... sorry for offtopic. escaped =)))))))))
    1. ShturmKGB
      ShturmKGB 14 May 2013 12: 16 New
      Do not rush to throw old planes, crisis ...
      1. Geisenberg
        Geisenberg 15 May 2013 12: 41 New
        Do not rush to throw old planes, crisis ...

        And rightly not in a hurry laughing - the iron is monumental, the glider itself will live another thirty years.
  2. Canep
    Canep 14 May 2013 10: 25 New
    Tornado - the aircraft is quite old and seems to be suitable only for electronic warfare.
    1. Santa bear
      Santa bear 14 May 2013 10: 39 New
      Well, like an old .. yes, an honored plane that fought. in fact, its closest analogue with us is Su 24. But this does not mean that its only purpose now is electronic warfare. front-line fighter-bombers are always needed, so with proper modernization, these birds will still serve.
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  3. Vtel
    Vtel 14 May 2013 10: 36 New
    Aircraft "Tornado" was designed and manufactured in 1960-1970.

    And sho pasta will fly on them, but do not tell, it’s better to let them cook pizza. Money does however!
  4. pinecone
    pinecone 14 May 2013 11: 34 New
    Italy is experiencing an acute financial crisis; there is simply no money for new ones.
    1. gispanec
      gispanec 14 May 2013 15: 42 New
      Quote: pinecone
      Italy is in an acute financial crisis; there is simply no money for new ones

      Forgive me, but that we (the Russians) would have experienced an acute crisis ....
  5. Petrovich44
    Petrovich44 14 May 2013 12: 24 New
    The Tornado ECR aircraft were part of the 1st Luftwaffe Combat Squadron, stationed in Piacenza, the first "combat" mission of the German military after 1945. Since August 1995, these aircraft have participated in Operation Deliberate Force in the skies of the former Yugoslavia, and in 1999 in Operation Allied Force in Kosovo.
    Here are the "democratizers" not appeased.
    TSOOBER 14 May 2013 12: 59 New
    Connoisseurs tell me, do Russia have specialized EW aircraft? And if it is possible to make a specialized aircraft based on the SU-24, SU-34? It seems to me that in each squadron there should be one highly specialized EW and anti-aircraft air defense aircraft with the corresponding armament and equipment! Vaf awww !!! hi
    1. Santa bear
      Santa bear 14 May 2013 13: 51 New
      today the news was about a special version of the Su-25 with recognition equipment such as radar exposure, jamming in a wide range and the destruction of air defense systems with anti-radar missiles. expected in 2014. it is understood that one or more of these aircraft will act as leaders of the attack group of the attack aircraft and suppress air defense in order to clear the way for ordinary Rooks.
    2. cdrt
      cdrt 14 May 2013 14: 44 New
      As far as I know, there were once, for example, the Su-24MP (this is really the jammer), there were larger EW aircraft (An-12 PP ... all sorts).
      Now - in fact, not one.
      But on the Su-34 there are quite powerful self-defense electronic warfare systems + perhaps they will create on the basis of the Su-25 - what is written below.
  7. Lecha57
    Lecha57 14 May 2013 18: 07 New
    The main thing to sell! And whoever bought it, let his head hurt.
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  9. Edward72
    Edward72 15 May 2013 01: 37 New
    Not only do we translate buckets into digital figures from an anolog