Cassidian delivers first ASSTA 3.0 Tornados to German Air Force
At the end of June, Cassidian delivered the first two Tornado aircraft upgraded to the new ASSTA 3.0 (Avionics System Software Tornado Ada) capability standard, to the German Air Force.
After several months of retrofitting, certification and acceptance by Cassidian and by Bundeswehr Technical Centre 61 in Manching, the aircraft are now being returned to Fighter Bomber Wing 33 in Büchel.
“With ASSTA 3.0, the German Tornado fleet is being adapted to meet the Armed Forces’s current requirement for all-weather, high-precision and network-centric capabilities,” said Erik Jensen, Head of Cassidian’s Air Services business line.
All 85 Tornados in service with the future German Air Force fleet are scheduled to be upgraded to this standard by 2018.
Besides the integration of the network-centric data communication system MIDS (Multifunctional Information Distribution System / Link 16), the ASSTA 3.0 standard includes a state-of-the-art radio device, a digital video and data recorder (DVDR), and the integrated Laser Joint Direct Attack Munition (LJDAM) which can be guided to its target by means of satellite navigation or by laser.
While activities for ASSTA 3.0 are ongoing, the development of ASSTA 3.1 has already begun. This involves replacing the monochrome CRT monitors in the rear cockpit with colour displays and greatly expanding the functionality of the MIDS.