The SEPECAT Jaguar is an Anglo-French jet ground attack aircraft, originally used by the British Royal Air Force and the French Armée de l'Air in the close air support and nuclear strike role, and still in service with several export customers, notably the Indian Air Force and the Royal Air Force of Oman.
Originally conceived in the 1960s as jet trainer with a light ground attack capability, the requirement for the aircraft soon changed to include supersonic performance, reconnaissance and tactical nuclear strike roles. A carrier-based variant was also planned for French service, but this was cancelled in favour of the cheaper Dassault Super Étendard. The airframes were manufactured by SEPECAT, a joint venture between Breguet and the British Aircraft Corporation, one of the first major joint-Anglo-French military aircraft programs.
The Jaguar was successfully exported to India, Oman, Ecuador and Nigeria. With various airforces, the Jaguar was used in numerous conflicts and military operations in Mauritania, Chad, Iraq, Bosnia, and Pakistan, as well as providing a ready nuclear delivery platform for Britain, France, and India throughout the latter half of the Cold War and beyond. In the Gulf War, the Jaguar was praised for its reliability and was a valuable coalition resource. The aircraft served with the Armée de l'Air as the main strike/attack aircraft until 1 July 2005, and with the Royal Air Force until the end of April 2007. It was replaced by the Panavia Tornado and the Eurofighter Typhoon in the RAF and the Dassault Rafale in the Armée de l'Air. India plans in the long term to replace its Jaguar fleet with the developing Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA).
- Tech Level: 5
- Damage Base: 15
- Min./Max. Airspeed: 3/18
- Maneuver (Loaded): 4 (5)
- Aerobatic (Loaded): -1 (-2)
- Defence (Loaded): 14 (12)
- Climb Rate (Loaded): 1 (0.7)
- Shallow/Steep/Power/Vertical Dives: 1/3/4/6
- Operational Ceiling: 9
- Stores External/Pylon/Internal: 5/0/0
- Guns: 2x30mm DEFA Cannon
- Cost: 575
- Maintenance Cost: 58
SEPECAT Jaguar InternationalEdit
The export version of the Jaguar, based on the Jaguar S (RAF single-seat strike fighter) or the Jaguar B (RAF two-seat training version.)
Voodoo Scuttlebutt Edit
“This beauty never got a chance to shine. I flew the Jaguar back in ’95 during the NATO campaign in Bosnia. First time the RAF had dropped bombs in Europe since WWII. Releasing the bombs and then seeing the erupting explosions was satisfying. I finally understood why my grandfather yammered on about his bombing missions during WWII.” – Frederick “Aft” Stern, Duke of Clarence