In a confidential report of the German Ministry of Defense, Tornado planes are recognized as unfit for carrying out NATO missions, Der Spiegel reports.
The German military department noted that the Tornado is too outdated for such purposes and 93 aircraft must be immediately modernized. In addition, the ministry believes that working with such obsolete equipment represents a risk.
The main complaints of the military are the lack of Tornado’s radar detection system and the possibility of transferring encrypted data. Since these airplanes can not be upgraded until 2019, they are considered unfit for any NATO operations from here on.
Currently however the Tornado is being used in the Western coalition in Syria.