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Asked by Angus Robertson (Moray)
Asked on: 04 February 2015
Ministry of Defence
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Tornado GR4 aircraft will have the TCAS II system installed.
Answered by: Mr Philip Dunne
Answered on: 11 February 2015
Installation of the Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance System (TCAS) II involves the integration of multiple Tornado GR4 aircraft systems. BAE Systems is managing this through a Weapon System Specification from which it has flowed down specific equipment specifications to the original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). The OEMs detail how they have met the specific equipment specification by providing a Declaration of Design Performance in a format specified by Panavia, the original manufacturer of the aircraft. BAE Systems manage boundary control.
TCAS II is cleared for use in Traffic Advisory mode on the operationally capable Tornado GR4 fleet.
It is planned that a minimum of 42 Tornado GR4 will be fitted with TCAS II.
It should be noted this is the first time ever a Collision Avoidance System has been fitted to a combat fast jet, anywhere in the world, that we know of.