In terms of size and weight, the Tornado GR.1, now updated to GR.4, are similar to the F-18, but with an entirely different mission, low-level strike in the cold war European theatre.
But it's range is nearer the F-111s than the F-18.
The JP223, used in the Gulf, has now been withdrawn, most were used on Iraqi airfields anyway.
It's use was questioned in the early phase of Desert Storm, and the losses it entailed. Dispensing runway and anti-personnel mines across a heavily defended airfield at 50 feet was dangerous for sure.
But no-one knew how effective the Iraqi airforce would be, we know know that the few aircraft that got airborne did not last long, but many more were trapped in their hardened shelters due to the JP223 mines, later LGB's destroyed the shelters.
The RAF's training and doctrine up to then had been for low-level strike in a Cold-War senario, in a short-war. Hence the RAF's expertise in low-level flying.
Once JP233's had been used, the RAF went to medium-level laser bombing, SEAD with ALARM missiles, and recce.
For today, the Tornado GR.4A recce version may well be used in Afghanistan, it's the best low/medium-level recce. system in the world.
It's often been used in the last few years
in various operations, since the USAF did not properly replace the RF-4C aircraft.
Some new GR.1As were rushed to the Gulf in 1991, where they quickly proved their worth.
The F3, designed for loitering in the ECM-heavy UK air defence enviroment, to shoot-down attacking Soviet bombers/cruise-missiles, is not a dogfighter. It was truely a specialised UK cold-war requirement.
Due for replacement by Typhoons, the F3 has had some avionic updates with AMRAAM and ASRAAM missiles. At low/medium level it has a good performance in terms of acceleration, so crews make the most of it's attributes.
Some F3 may get a secondary SEAD role with the appropriate equipment fitted, (like the USAF F-16CJ?), and ALARM missiles.
During the Cold War, the RAF's dogfighting requirement was small, 2 squadrons in RAF Germany.
But the F3 did have avionic problems in the early days, and later some structural problems.
Many thought a licence-built F-15D with UK-spec, avionics and weapons would have been a better solution than the F3, and they are probably right, but if we had gone down that road, would we now have the Eurofighter programme?