RAF Tornado GR4
For so long the mainstay of the RAF's strike force, the Tornado GR4 is now in its twilight years. An example will be sent for static display at RIAT by No 12 Squadron stationed at RAF Marham, Norfolk. Like the whole of the RAF Tornado GR4 force, No 12 Squadron has been heavily engaged in combat operations during recent years, including Operation 'Herrick' over Afghanistan and Operation 'Ellamy' in Libya. It was briefly disbanded from March 2014 to January 2015, when the unit was re-formed following the 're-badging' of No II (Army Co-operation) Squadron. The two-seat Tornado GR4 remains at the cutting edge of RAF precision strike thanks to numerous upgrades, providing day, night and all-weather capabilities. It is also a highly versatile reconnaissance asset. Tornados - first the GR1 and then the GR4 - have been continuously deployed to operational theatres since 1990, a remarkable record.