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The Tornado GR.4 is a variable geometry attack aircraft produced by Panavia.

History

Strangereal

The Tornado GR.4 was produced in the Strangereal world as one of the final variants of the Tornado series, being a major upgrade to the ground attack capabilities of the Tornado GR.1. It distinguished itself from other aircraft of the same class by possessing a level of mobility comparable to fighters, giving it an advantage over less nimble counterparts such as the A-10A Thunderbolt II.[citation needed]

GR.4s were operated by Belka and Ustio by the end of the Cold War, and deployed in both air and ground combat missions during the Belkan War.[1] In the former, one of the most successful units that used the aircraft was the Graufalk Squadron, who were killed by the Galm Team over Area B7R during their diversionary incursion in March 1995 to allow the start of Offensive Campaign No. 4101.[2]

Tornado GR.4s were also used by the Yuktobanian Air Force, albeit sparingly as they seemed to prefer the GR.1 variant. A lone Tornado GR.4 was involved at the end of Operation Desert Blitz, operating alongside a long range fire support unit spearheaded by the Iowa-class battleship Upor. It was shot down by Wardog Squadron.

During the Emmeria-Estovakia War Tornado GR.4s were widely employed by the Estovakian Air Force as ground attack and anti-ship aircraft, Tornadoes were seen conducting anti-ship operations against the Emmerian 2nd Fleet led by the Marigold during the Battle of Ortara, large numbers of Tornadoes also engaged Republic of Emmeria Army forces during the standoff in Silvat Town. A notable Estovakian Tornado GR.4 ace was Zoran Mikulanec (Callsign: Drakon) who was shot down over Sipli Field by Garuda Team during the Battle of Sipli Field.

Game Analysis

Ace Combat Infinity

The aircraft is displayed as Tornado.
"An all-weather attack aircraft jointly developed by Great Britain, Germany, and Italy. A highly maneuverable attacker with excellent speed performance and variable sweptback wings that allow for stable low altitude penetration and bombing. It is able to suppress ground targets with its multi lock-on missiles and cruise missiles. It is known by the name "Tornado"."
Hangar

How to Unlock

The Tornado can be unlocked on the Aircraft Tree.
Lv. Cst Price GUN MSL LACM GPB 4AGM SP MO ST AA AG DF
1 550 89,380 129 102 4 D+ E+ D+ E+ D+ E
2 588 9,580 141 106 5 D+ E+ C E+ D+ E+
3 626 17,240 154 110 6 C E+ C E+ C D
4 664 31,290 167 114 6 6 C+ D C+ D C+ D+
5 702 55,550 180 118 7 8 B D B D C+ C
6 740 144,710[a] 193 124 7 10 B D+ B D C+ C+
7 778 95,760 206 128 8 11 28 B+ D+ B D B B
8 816 185,140 219 132 8 12 32 B+ D+ B D B B+
9 854 383,040 232 136 9 13 36 A C B+ D B+ A
10 892 861,840 246 140 10 14 40 A C B+ D+ B+ A
11 939 1,149,120 259 144 11 15 42 A+ C+ A D+ A A+
12 986 1,681,120 272 148 12 16 44 S C+ A D+ A S
13 1033 2,489,760 285 152 13 17 46 S+ B A+ C A+ S+
14 1080 3,032,400 298 156 14 18 48 S+ B+ S C S S+
15 1127 4,256,000 312 160 16 20 52 S+ B+ S+ C+ S+ S+
16 1186 5,596,640 323 162 17 21 54 S+ A S+ C+ S+ S+
17 1245 6,405,280 334 164 18 22 56 S+ A S+ B S+ S+
18 1304 7,203,280 346 166 19 23 58 S++ A+ S+ B S+ S+
19 1363 9,203,600 357 168 20 24 60 S++ A+ S+ B+ S+ S++
20 1422 11,597,600 369 170 26 26 64 S++ S S+ A S+ S++
Part Slots
At Lv.1, this aircraft carried 17 BODY, 17 ARMS, and 17 MISC part slots. See Tuning § Slot Expansion for further information.
Nicknames
Upgrading this aircraft to these levels unlocked the respective nicknames for use at any time.
  • Lv.3: Vulture
  • Lv.10: Takeoff Denied
  • Lv.15: Sandstorm
  • Lv.20: Supercell

Skin Galleries

Description

Gray body with black nose

Gallery

Tornado Event Skin 01 Icon.PNG

Description

Dark green and dark grey camouflage; based on the Tornado GR.1s of the Royal Air Force's No.15 Squadron

Availability

Gallery

Ace Combat: Assault Horizon

"An all-weather attack aircraft jointly developed by Great Britain, Germany, and Italy. A highly maneuverable attacker with excellent speed performance and variable sweptback wings that allow for stable low altitude penetration and bombing. It is able to quickly suppress ground targets with its multi lock-on ground missiles and dispenser weapons. Known by the name "Tornado," the most recent model, the GR.4, has numerous electronic and armament system upgrades and is deployed by the British Air Force."
― Hangar description

How to Unlock

Download aircraft. Costs $5.99 (PlayStation Network) or 480MSP (Xbox Marketplace); inexplicably absent from the Enhanced Edition port.

Statistics

  • Speed: High
  • Mobility: Medium
  • Stability: Medium
  • Fire Power: High
  • Defense: High

Weapons

Colors

  • Color 1: Gray drab body.
  • Color 2: Gray splinter camouflage with Royal Air Force markings.
  • Color 3: White tiger stripe camouflage with Luftwaffe markings.

Gallery

Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation

"This is the latest of the Tornado series of aircraft. The Tornado GR.4 is a variable geometry winged aircraft with a compact fuselage designed to avoid enemy fire. Precision flight through advanced navigation equipment and powerful thrust for short take-off and landing (STOL) make this a versatile attacker. Although an attacker aircraft, the Tornado boasts both maneuverability and acceleration of a fighter. Equipped with dispenser munitions, it is capable of quickly suppressing ground targets over large areas. The highly mobile attacker is well designed for striking heavy fortified targets."
― Hangar description

How to Unlock

Complete mission 5: Anea Landing. Costs $69,000.

Statistics

  • Speed: Medium
  • Air-to-Air: Medium-Low
  • Air-to-Ground: Superior
  • Mobility: Medium
  • Stability: High
  • Defense: Maximum

Weapons

Colors

  • Emmeria: Gray body.
  • Estovakia: Graphite gray and green camouflage.
  • Estovakia SP: White tiger stripe camouflage.
  • RAGING SHARK (DLC)
  • RAZGRIZ (DLC)

Aces

Gallery

Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War

"Called the "Tornado," this aircraft is capable of both high-speed low-level infiltration, and short take-off and landing (STOL). These features provide overall improvements in survivability, maneuverability, and striking capability."
Hangar

How to Unlock

Complete mission 8A: Merlon:Alpha Team. Costs 81,000 credits.

Statistics

  • Speed: 63
  • Mobility: 51
  • Stability: 71
  • Defense: 92
  • Air-to-Air: 37
  • Air-to-Ground: 82

Weapons

Colors

  • Standard: Gray and brown camouflage based off the RAF Tornado GR.1.
  • Mercenary: Light grey/dark grey two-tone camouflage based off the Luftwaffe's Tornado IDS.
  • Soldier: Brown body with "MiG Eater" shark mouth nose art based off RAF Tornados in service during the Gulf War. Original "Osea" color of the Tornado GR.1 in Ace Combat 5.
  • Knight: Upper body with "sea wave" design and white underside with black nose.
  • Special: Desert camouflage.

Aces

Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War

"The weapons control system of the Tornado GR.1 has been modernized to improve survivability, maintainability and ease of use, resulting in a refined attack aircraft."
Hangar

How to Unlock

Fill the Kill Rate Gauge of the Tornado GR.1. Costs Ƶ18,700 per unit.

Statistics

  • Speed: 63
  • Mobility: 51
  • Stability: 71
  • Defense: 92
  • Air-to-Air: 37
  • Air-to-Ground: 82

Weapons

Colors

  • Osea: Gray body with green camouflage.
  • Razgriz: Black camouflage.
  • Yuktobania: Multi-tone amber desert camouflage.

Gallery

Trivia

  • The Tornado GR.4 is the only DLC aircraft in Ace Combat: Assault Horizon that did not appear in the PC Enhanced Edition port.
  • The model for the LASM carried by the Tornado is based on the RAF/RN's Sea Eagle anti-ship missile.
  • The "Soldier" colour in AC Z and the -RAGING SHARK- AC 6 DLC skin are based on the real-life "MiG Eater" livery.
  • "Colour 2" in AC: AH, the "Estovakia" paint scheme in Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation, "Standard" scheme in Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War and the OSEA scheme in Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War are are based on the European camouflage worn by RAF Tornado GR.1s

Footnotes

  1. Players could use one Nonstandard Upgrade Request Form instead of credits for the Lv.6 upgrade.

References

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