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IAF - SEPECAT Jaguar IS/IM Ground attack aircraft of Indian Air force

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Published on Mar 13, 2010

The SEPECAT Jaguar is an Anglo-French jet ground attack aircraft still in service with several export customers, notably the Indian Air Force and the Royal Air Force of Oman

The aircraft has been updated several times and remains in front-line service with India and Oman. It has been replaced by the Eurofighter Typhoon in the RAF and the Rafale in the Armée de l'Air. India plans to replace its Jaguar fleet with the Medium Combat Aircraft.

India on the other hand is modernizing its Jaguar fleet and also placed an order for 17 additional upgraded Jaguar aircraft from Hindustan Aeronautics in 1999 and a further 20 in 2001-2002. The Indian Air Force plans to upgrade up to 120 Jaguars by fitting more powerful engines, either Adour Mk821s or Honeywell F125IN to improve performance, particularly at medium altitudes

Jaguars were also sold to a number of overseas countries. The largest single customer was the Republic of India which purchased about 38 of these aircraft and also acquired the license to manufacture 140 of them locally. Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, India's leading aerospace agency, manufactured 140 Jaguars under the name Shamsher. The Jaguar International was an export version which was sold to Ecuador, Nigeria and Oman. Oman's Jaguars have been brought to full GR3A standards and serve with No.s 8 and 20 Squadrons.

The Jaguar saw combat during the first Gulf War of 1991, with the Armée de l'Air and RAF, the Balkan wars with the RAF, the Kosovo War with the Armée de l'Air and the Kargil War with the Indian Air Force

used by Indian Air Force
No. 5 Squadron 'Tuskers', IAF Ambala ( Jaguar IS, IB ) from August 1981
No. 6 Squadron 'Dragons', IAF Jamnagar ( Jaguar IM, IS, IB ) from 1987
No. 14 Squadron 'Bulls', IAF Ambala ( Jaguar IS, IB ) from March 1981
No. 16 Squadron 'Rattlers', IAF Gorakhpur ( Jaguar IS, IB ) from October 1986
No. 27 Squadron 'Flaming Arrows', IAF Gorakhpur ( Jaguar IS, IB ) from June 1985
No.224 Squadron 'Warlords', IAF Jamnagar ( Jaguar IS, IB ) from July 1983

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