The German Air Force has received the first upgraded Tornado production aircraft with avionics software system Tornado ada (ASSTA) to meet the ASSTA 2 capability standard.
The ASSTA 2 programme will improve the Tornado’s cockpit displays and increase its survivability against the latest ground-based and airborne defence systems.
It is now equipped with comprehensive software and hardware updates, including an improved head-down visual display unit, modern colour screens and a digitised map display.
It is also fitted with the improved Tornado defensive aids subsystem (TDASS) for radar warnings, an enhanced navigation system and more powerful computers.
Bundeswehr Technical Centre WTD 61 in Manching received the electronic combat and reconnaissance (ECR) type aircraft following successful final tests.
62 aircraft will now be upgraded to the new standard at the Military Air Systems Centre in Manching and 23 at the 1st Air Force Maintenance Regiment in Erding.
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Luftwaffe pilots and engineers are currently being trained on the new devices and functions in Manching.
EADS Defence and Security, on behalf of Panavia GmbH, carried out the Tornado upgrade project with the support of Alenia Aeronautica in Italy and BAE Systems in the UK.