First up­graded Tor­nado ECR de­liv­ered to Ital­ian Air Force


Ale­nia Aer­ma­c­chi, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with BAE Systems and Cas­sid­ian, its Panavia con­sor­tium part­ners, has de­liv­ered the first up­graded Tor­nado ECR (elec­tronic com­bat/Re­con­nais­sance) to the Ital­ian Air Force. Ale­nia Aer­ma­c­chi, as tech­ni­cal and pro­gramme leader, is in the process of up­grad­ing the avion­ics and systems of 15 Tor­nado ECR.

The Tor­nado ECR MLU is the up­graded ver­sion of the ECR cur­rently in use by the Ital­ian Air Force. Its main func­tion is to lo­calise and sup­press hos­tile air de­fence radar emit­ter sources by anti-radar mis­siles.

The air­craft up­grade in­cludes sev­eral sub­sys­tems and func­tion­al­ity ad­di­tions as well as mod­i­fi­ca­tions to the on-board systems, avion­ics equip­ment and mis­sion soft­ware. The Tor­nado ECR MLU fea­tures an in­te­grated IN-GPS nav­i­ga­tion sys­tem sup­ported by a multi-mode re­ceiver (MMR) sys­tem for ap­proaches and ILS blind land­ings.

The new com­mu­ni­ca­tion and iden­ti­fi­ca­tion sys­tem em­bod­ies the lat­est stan­dards of se­cure com­mu­ni­ca­tion ca­pac­i­ties as well as a data trans­mis­sion/re­cep­tion ca­pac­ity via Data-Link (MIDS), which in­te­grates TACAN nav­i­ga­tion func­tion­al­i­ties.

The pilot and nav­i­ga­tor cock­pits fea­ture new multi-func­tion dis­play suites that im­prove man-ma­chine in­ter­face and re­duce crew work­load; the nav­i­ga­tor cock­pit fea­tures new TVTAB LCD colour dis­plays that re­place for­mer monochro­matic dis­play and the in­ter­nal and ex­ter­nal light­ing systems are com­pat­i­ble with NVG night vi­sion gog­gles.

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