The first ASSTA 3.0 (Avionics System Software Tornado Ada) production aircraft performed its functional maiden flight at Cassidian's Manching site on 8 February 2012. Besides the installation of MIDS (Multifunctional Information Distribution System / Link 16), the ASSTA 3.0 standard includes a state-of-the-art radio device, a digital video and voice recorder (DVDR), and the integrated Laser Joint Direct Attack Munition (LJDAM) which can be guided to its target by means of satellite navigation or by laser. On behalf of Panavia GmbH, Cassidian is responsible for the project management, development, manufacture and installation of the combat efficiency improvements for the German Tornados in close cooperation with Alenia Aeronautica in Italy and BAE Systems in the UK. As an industrial partner in the trinational Tornado programme, Cassidian was in charge of developing and manufacturing all of the Tornado's centre fuselage sections, and was also responsible for the avionics, the communication system, the flight control computer and the aircraft's entire computer system.
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