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Old 6th Feb 2019, 08:02
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Treble one
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Originally Posted by BVRAAM View Post
The remaining in-service Tornado GR4's will be Reduced to Produce upon retirement at RAF Marham, meaning the airframes will be dismantled and any viable/working/relatively low hours parts will be stripped, refurbished and used on existing Tornado fleets in Saudi Arabia, Germany or Italy. Anything else will be scrapped. A few airframes are likely to be preserved as Gate Guardians at various RAF stations or displayed in museums, but not many.
Obviously anything that relates solely to the GR4 and is restricted/classified will be appropriately disposed of in the UK. I suspect most of the power plants will be refurbished and sent overseas to sustain other Tornado fleets.
One GR4 has already made its way to Hangar 4 at IWM Duxford, complementing their GR1 already resident in Airspace. They both have some nice associated kit with them including TIALD (From GW1 with resident 'Fat Slags' Artwork), JP233, AIM-9 and Brimstone as well as ECM/Chaff/Flare pods.
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