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Tornado Components Squadron (TCS)

Tornado Components Squadron (TCS)
Tornado Components Squadron (TCS) is primarily responsible for the maintenance of aircraft Line Replaceable Units (LRUs) from the updated Tornado GR4.

To achieve this task, the Squadron is split into 3 Flights:

Electronic Warfare and Support Flight (EW&SF)

Thermal Imaging Airborne Laser Designator Bays (TIALD)
Incorporates the Laser Designation Marked Target Seeker (LRMTS) Maintenance and Thermal Imaging Airborne Laser Designator (TIALD) Bays.

Electronic Counter Measures Bay
Depth B maintenance of the Sky Shadow ECM Pod System.

Boz 107 CFDS Bay
The Boz 107 Chaff and Flare Dispenser System Bay is nominally part of the Electrical Bay, though it is a dedicated location under the control of a Sgt. The Bay conducts the Boz 107 CFDS Depth B maintenance course for the RAF.

Engineering Support and Training Test & Measuring Equipment Calibration Cell (TMEC)
Responsible for managing all aspects of specialist and general purpose test equipment.

Avionics and Electrical Support Flight (AV&ESF)

Tornado Flight Systems Bay
Depth B maintenance of LRUs from the Flying Control, Inertial Navigation, Main Computer and Cockpit TV Tabular Display Systems.

Tornado Nose Radar Bay
Depth B maintenance of LRUs from the Ground Mapping and Terrain Following Radars, Minor Navigational Radars and Communications System.

Air Electrical Bay
Depth B maintenance of “Electrical” LRUs from Tornado and Canberra Aircraft. Whilst other EES Bays are devoted to a specific item or range of equipment, the Electrical Bay deals with a wide variety of items. These range from power generation and control systems to minor items, such as temperature sensors and switch panels.

Tornado Reconnaissance System (TRS) Bay
Depth B and C maintenance of LRUs from the Tornado Video Reconnaissance System. This includes Infrared Sensors and Video Recorders and Canberra equipment.

Canberra Avionics Bay
Responsible for Depth B and some Depth C maintenance of all Avionic Equipment from the venerable Canberra Reconnaissance platform. Managed as a separate sub-Bay of the TRS Bay Bay not included in the Tornado rebasing scheme - still operates from old EES building.

Tornado Maintenance Support Flight (TMSF)
Tornado Maintenance Support Flight (TMSF) consists of 2 separate sections that are made up of Painters and Finishers and Survival Equipment Fitters.

Painting and Finishing Section
The Painting and Finishing Section is located in a state of the art purpose built facility known as the Aircraft Surface Finishing Facility (ASFF). The ASFF consists of a Tornado Spray Booth, a Canberra Spray Booth and a smaller Aircraft Component Booth. The ASFF was installed in April 2002 as part of the RAF Marham Tornado re-basing programme. The ASFF is capable of the complete respray of both a Tornado and Canberra aircraft simultaneously, with digitally controlled temperature and humidity controls. During the build up to Gulf War II (Operation TELIC) the ASFF was tested to its capacity with personnel working extremely hard to ensure that the GR4 Tornado's to be used in theatre were refinished in the camouflage grey colour scheme.

As well as the normal day to day maintenance of the surface and specialist finishes used on the resident Tornado and Canberra aircraft, the Painters and Finishers have also been responsible for the repainting of the new Tornado Gate Guardian, which will replace the Victor at a future date and the application of a specialist anniversary livery to a II (AC) Squadron Tornado and a IX (B) Squadron Tornado.

As part of the ASFF building, new support accommodation was built on the side, which incorporates a Documentation Control, a dedicated Respiratory Protection Equipment (RPE) room and a Graphics and Fabric Bay.

The Graphics and Fabric Bay is responsible for the manufacturing of all graphics used on the Station from squadron markings used on the resident aircraft to the squadron crests on the Main Gate Signs and a whole host of signage and decals.

The Graphics and Fabric Bay was also responsible for manufacturing the Combat Air Wing Logo used on all the Tornado's involved with Gulf War II.

The Painters and Finishers are not only responsible for the removal, replacement and maintenance of aircraft surface finish, they also are responsible for the maintenance of the various finishes and colour schemes used on ground support equipment (GSE) and mechanical transport (MT) vehicles.

Survival Equipment Section (SES)
The Survival Equipment Section (SES) is comprised of the main SES bays and an Aircrew Equipment Assembly (AEA) bay co-located with each of the 5 resident flying squadrons, II (AC) Sqn, IX (B) Sqn, XIII Sqn, 31 Sqn and 39 (1 PRU) Sqn.

The main SES bays maintain all Emergency Escape Parachutes, Personal Survival Packs (PSPs) and their associated components fitted to Tornado and Canberra aircraft. SES also has the parenting responsibility for the maintenance of parachute assemblies used by No 611 Volunteer Gliding School.

Additionally, the Wet Drill Bay provides training assemblies as well as on-hand specialist advice to enable aircrew to undertake their requisite pool and sea survival training. Also located within the main SES is a purpose built Aircrew Immersion Coverall repair facility.

The Survival Equipment fitters employed in the AEA bays attached to each flying squadron are responsible to the Flight Sergeant SES for the 1st and 2nd line maintenance and rectification of all items of AEA including Night Vision Goggles, Covert Emergency Locator Beacons and Global Positioning Systems.

Armament Equipment Bay
Responsible for all Tornado GR4 armament assets, including ERU's, Mauser Guns, Ejection Seats, and Missile Launchers, we are also responsible for supporting the Typhoon, Hawk, Tucano and Tornado F3 platforms. The current manning level is around 85, however due to the rationalisation of armament assets and the collapse back to 4-1, we are slowly on the increase to approx 110 personnel.

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