Sepecat Jaguar GR3 Aircraft Data
Photo ID 218260 by Peter Boschert. UK Air Force Sepecat Jaguar GR3, XX119
Single-seat, medium bomber, close-air-support aircraft.

The Jaguar is the Anglo-French answer to a 1965 requirement for a tactical strike and support aircraft. Should the Cold War in Europe gone hot, RAF and French Jaguar squadrons would have engaged Warsaw Pact forces in the initial phases. The advent of the Panavia Tornado and Dassault Mirage 2000D/N saw the Jaguar lose it's nuclear role and focus on precision tactical strike operations.

During the 1991 Gulf War, the Jaguar flew with The RAF and Armee del Aire, deploying precision munitions against Iraqi tanks and positions. During the Cenapa War in South America, Ecuadorian Jaguars acted in an air superiority role. The Jaguar flew with NATO forces in the Balkans and in Kosovo. India, the largest export customer for the Jaguar, took their fleet into combat during the Kargil war with Pakistan.

France retired her Jaguar fleet in 2005, with the RAF following in April, 2007. Ecuador's fleet of Jaguars remains in storage for economic reasons. Oman continues to operate the Jaguar and will until the selection and delivery of a new fighter occurs. India will continue to operate the Jaguar for considerable time, with new units ordered as recent as 2002.
  • Country of Origin: France/UK
  • First Flight: 1968
  • Initial Service Date: 1973
  • No. Built: 543
  • No. In Service: 0
  • No. of Hardpoints: 5
  • Crew: 1

Power:

2× Rolls-Royce/Turbomeca Adour Mk 102 turbofans at 8,249 lbf

Weapons:

Two 30mm. ADEN cannons or DEFA cannons, with 150 rounds per gun.
Eight Matra rocket pods with 18 SNEB 68mm. rockets each.
Two AIM-9 'Sidewinder's' OR Matra R550 'Magic's' on over-wing pylons.
10,000lbs. of bombs, reconnaissance pods, Drop tanks or the AS-37 'Martel' missile.
(Previous RAF versions of the Jaguar were able to carry the WE.177 tactical nuclear weapon).

Dimensions:

Length: 55 ft. 3 in.
Wing Span: 28.51 in.
Wing Area: 258 sq.ft
Height: 16 ft. 1 in.
Empty Weight: 15,400 lbs
Max. Weight: 34,600 lbs
Max. Ordnance Load: 10,000 lbs
Max. Payload: 19,200 lbs

Performance:

Max. Speed: 1,055 mph
Service Ceiling: 46,000 ft.
Normal Range: 291 nm
Max. Range: 1,903 nm

Operators:

The Jaguar GR3 was only operated by the Royal Air Force (UK).

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