Author Topic: Panavia Tornado possibilities  (Read 22417 times)

Offline Aeroplanedriver

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Re: Panavia Tornado possibilities
« Reply #120 on: February 04, 2019, 12:27:48 PM »
So digging back into childhood for this one.  I have searched online and can NOT find any reference, but....

My dad was an AVID reader of the UK Sunday Observer.  When we moved to the US in 1980 he got an overseas subscription, so every Tuesday or so the Sunday Observer would arrive.  His love of the paper and reading in general rubbed off on my and that combined with a 10-year old's homesickness got me into reading The Observer too.   

Well I have a very clear memory of an article around the time of the debate on the UK's nuclear deterrent debate in the early 80s that led to the Trident program.  In the article one of the options was called "Airhawk" and it consisted of Tornadoes modified to carry two nuclear Tomahawk cruise missiles.  As is still the case, a sub launched ballistic missile was a far superior option for a nuclear deterrent, but I would love to see a model of a Tornado carrying a pair of Tomahawk N missiles.  Anyone have any info on this proposal? 

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Re: Panavia Tornado possibilities
« Reply #121 on: February 04, 2019, 12:58:59 PM »
I guess they would have been talking about the unbuilt AGM-109 series, air-launched Tomahawk.

http://www.designation-systems.net/dusrm/m-109.html

http://ausairpower.net/Tomahawk-Subtypes.html

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Re: Panavia Tornado possibilities
« Reply #122 on: February 04, 2019, 06:59:10 PM »
Hughes/Smiths Industries Airhawk was a proposed shortened Tomahawk cruise missile proposed against 1994 Staff Requirement (Air) 1236 defined the need for a stand-off missile to be used against hardened targets.  It wouldn’t surprise me if there was an earlier iteration proposed.

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Re: Panavia Tornado possibilities
« Reply #123 on: February 05, 2019, 02:53:01 AM »
Before it got cancelled, Northrop-Grumman was going to offer a stretched version of the AGM-137A to that requirement.  If anyone cares to model it, I do know the changes required and how to model it in the stowed position for aircraft carriage.

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Re: Panavia Tornado possibilities
« Reply #124 on: February 05, 2019, 06:57:47 AM »
Pretty sure I have some 1/48 Tomahawk missiles around too.  Could model either this Airhawk derivative or the original AGM-109



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Re: Panavia Tornado possibilities
« Reply #125 on: February 05, 2019, 07:44:03 AM »
Modelcollect has a version in 1/72! LINK!
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Re: Panavia Tornado possibilities
« Reply #126 on: February 05, 2019, 06:27:03 PM »
Modelcollect has a version in 1/72! LINK!

Yeah, but why would anyone want to play in that small scale? ;)
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Re: Panavia Tornado possibilities
« Reply #127 on: February 05, 2019, 07:56:55 PM »
Modelcollect has a version in 1/72! LINK!

Yeah, but why would anyone want to play in that small scale? ;)

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Re: Panavia Tornado possibilities
« Reply #128 on: February 06, 2019, 06:53:01 PM »
Because...

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