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  • Tornado Upgrade Nears
    Posted by Robert Wall 2:08 AM on Feb 11, 2012

    The German air force is due to receive the first of its upgraded Tornado strike fighters mid-year.

    Cassidian, which is upgrading the aircraft, says the first production Tornado with the ASSTA 3.0 package is now in flight trials. ASSTA 3.0

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    (Photo: Cassidian)

    The enhancement will allow  the Luftwaffe to use laser-JDAM bombs from the interdiction aircraft. It also adds Link-16 functionality and new communications equipment, and a digital video and voice recorder.

    Also in work is development of the next iteration of the ASSTA upgrade series, the 3.1 package. It will equip the aircraft -- due to remain in service more than a decade -- with color screens, further Link-16 functionality, and other features.

    Tags: ar99, Luftwaffe

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