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A joint Anglo-French development, the Sepecat Jaguar was originally designed in the early 60s, as a low cost but higher performance super sonic jet trainer and reconnaissance aircraft to replace the RAF’s Folland Gnats and Hawker Hunters and the French Fougar Magister and Dassault Mystere.
With production split between both sides of the Channel, the French consortium began airframe and avionics modifications to explore the possibility of the aircraft also taking on the role of an advanced close air support fighter and nuclear strike aircraft.
The modifications were so successful the British, who had been looking at purchasing the US designed General Dynamics FIII to fulfil its future light nuclear strike forces did an abrupt about face and opted for the modified Jaguar instead.
Piggybacking on the French modifications to the Jaguar with a few of their own including larger fuel tanks to increase operational combat range and additional hard-point pylons both below and above the wing to increase its weapon carrying capabilities.
The added weight also required a redesign and strengthening of the landing gear and the airframe together with the fitting of advanced avionics for missile guidance and surveillance.
The Jaguar featured twin Rolls Royce Turbo Adour engines with after-burning turbo fans which were a significant step up from the original lower powered Mk. 101 engines.
Throughout its life, engine performance was constantly updated on the Sepecat Jaguar as the aircraft commenced its first full combat operational role as part of Gulf War Coalition against Iraqi forces.
Struggling to keep up increasing develops in avionics to mange the new generation laser guided missiles, a squadron of Blackburn Buccaneers were also despatched and supported the jaguars as laser designators, painting the targets for the jaguar ground attacks.
Operating out of Oman and Bahrain, the Jaguars flew over 612 combat sorties striking key Iraqi facilities without the loss of a single aircraft.
Later in 1994, after finally receiving the last of their avionics upgrades, the Jaguars were fitted with the TIALD laser designator pod and their weaponry switched over to a full compliment of laser guide bombs and missiles. The newly configured Jaguar GR1B’s were then despatched to Italy where they took part in Operation Deliberate Force against the Bosnian Serb forces.
It was during this period that a Jaguar of RAF 41 Squadron carried out the first bombing raid in Europe since the end of the Second World War.
With continuing upgrades the Jaguar was soon in high demand from overseas airforces and purchases were made from India, Ecuador, Nigeria, and Oman where many continued in their operational role long after the British and French had moved onto the next generation fighters and strike aircraft.
All Sepecat Jaguar Instruments listed below come complete with detailed Scale Model, Mango Wood Stand & Plaque plus Printed Fact Sheet featuring photo of instrument in aircraft cockpit.
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