Long-range air defence interceptor. Variable sweep wing for high supersonic speed or high loiter duration. All-weather day/night operation with beyond visual- range engagement capability. Patrols for over 3 hours at 300nmls from base. Carries a full range of advanced air-to-air missiles.
Tornado F3 Technical Data WING SPAN 13.9M fully forward 8.6M fully swept LENGTH 16.45M CREW 2 MAXIMUM SPEED800kts (1480km/h) (Mach 1.2) at sea level ENGINES Two Turbo Union RB199 turbofans
Variable swept-wing, all-weather strike or reconnaissance aircraft. Terrain-following radar, Forward Looking Infra Red (FLIR) and night-vision goggles give it a full night capability. Laser target-marker allows self-designation of target for laser guided bomb operations. Full air-to-ground weapons capability including suppression of enemy air-defence systems. FLIR system enables the GR4A to conduct low-level, tactical reconnaissance missions.
Tornado GR4/A Technical Data WING SPAN 13.9M fully forward 8.6m fully swept LENGTH 16.7M CREW 2 MAXIMUM SPEED800kts (1480km/h) (Mach 1.2) at sea level ENGINES Two turbo union RB199 turbofans
Multi-role combat aircraft capable of vertical or short take-off and landing. Part of Joint Force Harrier (JFH), operating from land bases or aircraft carriers. Comprehensive weapons capability including bombs, rockets or missiles. Can operate at night, at low level, using night vision goggles. Cockpit gives navigation and weapons information on multi-purpose colour displays.
Harrier GR7 Technical Data WING SPAN 9.24M LENGTH 14.46M CREW 1 MAXIMUM SPEED640kts (1186km/h) at sea level ENGINE One Rolls-Royce Pegasus 105 vectored-thrust turbofan
Harrier Other versions Still in operation: T – Two seat training version Future Developments: GR9 – new communications and avionics systems giving it the ability to use a wide range of advanced precision weaponry. GR9A – upgraded engines to enable better performance in extremely hot climates.
Jaguar GR3 / GR3A Reporting NameJaguar Role Letters & MarksGR3 / GR3A & T2 RoleTactical Support Aircraft
Operates in the offensive counter air, close air support and tactical reconnaissance roles. Recent major avionics, navigation and weapons systems upgrade. Full electro-optical reconnaissance capability at medium and low level. Carries laser target marking equipment for self- designation or cooperative designation. First RAF aircraft to be fitted with a helmet mounted missile sighting system.
Jaguar GR3 / GR3A Technical Data WING SPAN 8.49M LENGTH 15.52M (GR) 16.42M (T2) CREW 1 (GR3) 2 (T2) MAXIMUM SPEED729kts (1352km/h) Mach 1.1 at sea level ENGINES Two Rolls-Royce Turbomeca Adour turbofans
Typhoon Reporting NameTyphoon Role Letters & MarksF2 RoleMulti-Role Fighter
High performance, single seat, multi-role fighter aircraft. Optimised for air superiority, but with a full ground attack and reconnaissance capability. Carries a full range of air-to-air and air-to-ground weapons. Highly advanced avionics including Voice Throttle and Stick control system. Capable of automatically fusing all radar and weapons inputs for presentation to the pilot. World beating 4th generation aircraft capable of combating any perceived threat.
Typhoon Technical Data WING SPAN 10.50M LENGTH 15.96M CREW 1 MAXIMUM SPEED1,147kts (2125km/h) (Mach 2.0) at 36,090ft ENGINES Two Eurojet EJ200 Turbofans
Joint Combat Aircraft Reporting NameJoint Combat Aircraft Role Letters & Marks RoleSTOVL multi-role fighter/attack
Short Take-Off Vertical Landing (STOVL) multirole fighter/attack aircraft Planned in-service date of 2012 to replace Harrier GR7/GR9 Capable of all-weather, day and night air support and reconnaissance operations Embraces stealth design techniques producing a very low radar signature Sophisticated avionics and weapon-targeting systems using advanced technology Known as F35 Lightening II is USA service