WTD 61 Tornado IDS/ECR 98+03 Prototyp and Testplatform

Product information "WTD 61 Tornado IDS/ECR 98+03 Prototyp and Testplatform"

High value 250 g/m2 silky luster paper poster at the size of DIN A3 (420x297 mm, 16 1/2 x 11 3/4'', DIN A2 and DIN A1 optional) with aircraft scheme and textual descriptions. All texts in german. DIN A2 and DIN A1 versions are optional, and will be printed after reception of the order which means a delay of ca. 1 week for the shipping.

TORNADO 98+03 took as a pre production prototype for the first time off March 03 1979 in Manching, Germany. The crew comprised the two german test pilots Armin Krautmann und Fritz Eckert. This was the first TORNADO whose frontal fuselage was completely according to the later production standard. His main task was the test of the two Mauser guns and the completely new developed MW-1 (multipurpose weapon) which was constructed especially for this new type of airplane.

With the concept and developement of the new ECR version of the TORNADO germany went a way on its own within the TORNADO consortium in the 80s. In the course of this developement IDS 98+03 was reconstructed and became ECR 98+03 and with this the first and only ECR prototype. He had his first flight August 18 1988 in Manching. Not considering the big HARM missile under the fuselage and the "ECR" writing on the fin there are only three visual constructive differences to the IDS.These are the removed guns and the two covers underneath the fuselage in the cockpit area. The one closer to the radom is the FLIR (forward looking infrared) bubble and behind it the cover of the IIS (infrared imageing system). The main differences are not visible they are e.g. a completely new and much more capable software which supports all new ECR features, the emitter locator system ELS, the operational data interface ODIN, stronger MK-105 engines, a digital recording system DVRS, a digital mil bus system, new displays, a stronger air condition to serve the larger amount of electronic equipment and much more.
ECR 98+03 had its last flight 20-02-2001.