EADS delivers first ASSTA 2 Tornado to German Luftwaffe
EADS has supplied the German Luftwaffe with its first Tornado production aircraft retrofitted in the Avionics Software System Tornado Ada (ASSTA) programme to meet the ASSTA 2 capability standard.
Military Air Systems (MAS), the DS Business Unit responsible for the project, handed over the Electronic Combat and Reconnaissance (ECR) type aircraft to the Bundeswehr Technical Centre WTD 61 in Manching following successful final tests. Luftwaffe pilots and engineers are now being trained on the new devices and functions in Manching.
The main focus of the ASSTA 2 programme was on improving the Tornado’s cockpit displays and increasing the aircraft’s survivability against the latest ground-based and airborne air defence systems. In addition, the Tornado was equipped with comprehensive software and hardware updates, such as an improved head-down visual display unit, modern colour screens, a digitised map display, the improved Tornado Defensive Aids Subsystem (TDASS) for radar warnings, an enhanced navigation system, and more powerful computers.
All 85 Tornados destined for the German Luftwaffe will now be consecutively upgraded to the new standard. The plan is to convert 62 aircraft at the company's Military Air Systems Center in Manching and 23 at the 1 Air Force Maintenance Regiment (Luftwaffeninstandhaltungsregiment 1) in Erding.
At present, ASSTA standard 3 is being tested in Manching. The focus here is on installing the Link 16 data exchange standard and further high-performance weapon systems.