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Tornado
 
Latest update: July 2017

Company: Panavia (consortium of Italian, German and United Kingdom aircraft manufacturers).
 
Abbr.: Order and inventory status information: Abbr.: Order and inventory status information:
       
Order. No. of aircraft ordered. WFU No. of aircraft Withdrawn From Use.
Opt. No. of aircraft options. Sold No. of aircraft sold to another country.
Opp. No. of possible aircraft sales. Oth. D. No. of aircraft bought from another country.
Canc. No. of aircraft ordered cancelled. LS↓ No. of aircraft leased from another country.
Del. No. of aircraft delivered. LS ↑ No. of aircraft leased to another country.
On Or. No. of aircraft to be delivered. Act. No. of aircraft operational.
W/O No. of aircraft Written Off (crashed).    
       
Lease: When the no. of aircraft LS↓ and LS ↑ are equal the leased aircraft have been returned to the owner.

 
Order and production overview - aircraft totals
 
Country Order. Opt. Opp. Canc. Del. On Or. W/O WFU Sold Oth.D. LS↓ LS ↑ Act.
Germany 363       363 0 47 197         119
Italy 102       102 0 14 23     24 24 65
Saudi Arabia 120       120 0 14 24         82
UK 408       408 0 66 285     24 24 57
Total 993       993 0 141 529     48 48 323
 
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Order and production overview - aircraft detailed
 
Country Aircraft Order. Opt. Opp. Canc. Del. On Or. W/O WFU Sold Oth.D. LS↓ LS ↑ Act.
Germany Tornado 5       5 0   5         0
  Tornado IDS 256       256 0 35 154         67
  Tornado IDS(T) 67       67 0 10 35         22
  Tornado ECR 35       35 0 2 3         30
Italy Tornado IDS 74       74 0 12 22         40
  Tornado IDS(T) 12       12 0 2 1         9
  Tornado ECR 16       16 0             16
  Tornado F3           0         20 20 0
  Tornado F3(T)           0         4 4 0
Saudi Arabia Tornado IDS 66       66 0 5 2         59
  Tornado IDS(R) 6       6 0 1           5
  Tornado IDS(T) 24       24 0 6           18
  Tornado ADV 18       18 0 2 16         0
  Tornado ADV(T) 6       6 0   6         0
UK Tornado 7       7 0 1 6         0
  Tornado GR1 78       78 0 39 39         0
  Tornado GR1A 5       5 0 4 1         0
  Tornado F2 20       20 0   20         0
  Tornado F2A 1       1 0   1         0
  Tornado F3 152       152 0 14 138     24 24 0
  Tornado GR4 120       120 0 6 62         52
  Tornado GR4A 25       25 0 2 18         5
Total   993       993 0 141 529     48 48 323
 
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Variant: Role:                        
     
Tornado IDS InterDiction Strike.  
Tornado ECR Electronic Combat Reconnaissance.  
Tornado GR1 RAF designation of the IDS.  
Tornado GR1A RAF modernized GR1 for reconnaissance missions.  
Tornado GR1B RAF modernized GR1 for anti-ship missions..  
Tornado GR4 RAF upgraded GR1, GR1B.  
Tornado GR4A RAF upgraded GR1A.  
ADV Air Defence Variant.  
Tornado F2 RAF version of the ADV  
Tornado F2A RAF upgraded F2  
Tornado F3 RAF version of the ADV  
                           

Germany:

Two wings are equipped with the Tornado, the third former JBG 31 now TaktLwG 31 converted to the EF-2000.

Italy:


Leased 24 Tornado F3s from the Royal Air Force. The Tornadoes were used to provide air defence in the period between the withdrawal from service of the F-104 Starfighter and entry into service of the EF-2000.

Saudi Arabia:

The Tornado ADVs have all been withdrawn from service with the Typhoon F2 / T3 entering service.

United Kingdom:

Within the United Kingdom the Tornado GR4s are replaced by the Typhoon GR4 / T3 and will be withdrawn from service in 2019. One former Tornado squadron (617 squadron 'Dambusters') was inactivated and will reform as a F-35B Lightning II squadron.
 
Current operators
 
Squadron Wing Aircraft Tailcode AFB State / Country Command
  TLG 33 Tornado   Buchel    
  TLG 51 Tornado   Schleswig-Jagel    
  TLG 51 Tornado ECR   Schleswig-Jagel    
IX Sqn   Tornado GR4   RAF Marham    
12 (B) Sqn   Tornado GR4   RAF Marham    
31 Sqn   Tornado GR4   RAF Marham    
 
Comment(s):

Squadrons for Italy and Saudi Arabia will be included in a future update.
 
Photo gallery
 
German Air Force Tornado IDS JBG 33 during an exercise at Volkel. German Air Force Tornado ECR AG 51 at home base Schleswig-Jagel NTM 2012. Italian Air Force Tornado IDS 6º Stormo at Volkel.
     
Italian Air Force Tornado ECR 50º Stormo on TDY at Florennes. Saudi Arabian Air Force Tornado IDS departing RAF Fairford (RIAT 1995). Royal Air Force Tornado GR4 from the Marham Wg arrival for Frisian Flag 2016.
     
 
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