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Aircraft Recognition Handbook (Jane's Recognition Guides)
by David Rendall





GR.1A - XZ372 - No.6 Sqn, RAF Coltishall
Sporting under-wing drop tanks and over-wing sidewinder missiles, this example makes its landing approach to RAF Coltishall in Norfolk.


TYPE
single seat all-weather attack (GR.1) and two seat dual trainer aircraft (T.2)


MANUFACTURER
SEPECAT - British Aerospace & Dassault-Breguet consortium


ENGINE
  • two Rolls-Royce/Turbomeca Adour two shaft augmented turbofans
  • 102 : 7,305lb (3,313kg) thrust
  • 804 : 8,400lb (3,810kg) thrust



DIMENSIONS

  • span : 28'6"(8.69m)
  • length GR.1 : 50'11"(15.52m)
  • length T.2 : 53'11" (16.42m)
  • height : 16'1"(4.92m)
  • wing area : 260sqft(24.18m²)



WEIGHTS

  • empty : 15,432lb(7,000kg)
  • normal takeoff : 23,000lb(10,430kg)
  • maximum : 34,612lb(15,700kg)



PERFORMANCE

  • max speed at sea level : 824mph(1,350km/h)
  • at altitude : 1,055mph(1,700km/h)
  • ceiling : 45,930ft(14,000m)
  • attack radius : 530miles(8,52km)
  • ferry range : 2,614miles(4,210km)



FIRST FLIGHT

  • prototype : 8th September 1968
  • production GR.1 : 11th October 1972



AVIONICS

  • Marconi NAVWASS
  • Ferranti FIN 1064 digital inertial nav/attack system
  • Smiths HUD
  • Marconi-Elliott MCS 920 digital computer
  • laser ranger and marked target seeker
  • radar altimeter & projected map display
  • passive RWR



WEAPONS

  • Matra 550 Magic AAM
  • AIM-9B Sidewinder AAM
  • GP 1,000lb bomb
  • Harpoon anti-ship missile
  • BL.755 cluster bombs
  • AJ168 TV Martel air-surface missile
  • AS.30 - AS.30L air-surface missile
  • Paveway II Mk 13/18 1,000lb smart bomb
  • Matra 155 rocket launcher
  • SNEB 68mm rockets
  • Durandal anti-runway weapon
  • Matra RL F1 & F2 rocket launcher
  • Kormoran anti-ship missile
  • AM.39 Exocet anti-ship missile
  • BAe Dynamics Alarm anti-radar missile
  • CBLS (Container Bomb, Light Store)
  • Aden 30mm gun
  • DEFA 30mm gun
  • JP.233 dispenser
  • Matra/SAMP retarded bomb
  • Matra BEU 2
  • Beluga cluster dispenser
  • SNEB 68mm & 100mm rockets
  • Thomson-Brandt LR 1004 & 100-6 rocket launcher



NOTES
Developed jointly by Britain and France from an initial concept of light trainer and close-support aircraft. Has sold overseas, to Ecuador, India and Oman. The RAF version has more avionics than the French, with integrated nav/attack and laser ranger. The GR.1 saw a lot of action in the Gulf War, painted desert pink and carrying overwing Sidewinder missiles. The Jaguar lacks one vital component, radar. It does however possess a computer system which allows waypoint co-ordinates to be entered before the start of the mission. Thereafter, a moving map display presents the aircraft's projected position to the pilot, and this can be manually corrected as the mission proceeds. The Jaguar has been sold to Nigeria, Ecuador, Oman and India.

UPDATE 1998

The Jaguar is being kept alive by a series of upgrades, including Have Quick radios, the TIALD system, wide angle HUD, liquid crystal displays and helmet mounted sight, and improved navigation including GPS. The title of this update is 'Jaguar 97'

Squadrons using the Jaguar:

  • No.6 Squadron, RAF Coltishall (GR.3, GR.3A, T.2A)
  • No.16 (Reserve) Squadron, RAF Coltishall (GR.3, T.2A, T.4)
  • No.41 Squadron, RAF Coltishall (GR.3)
  • No.54 Squadron, RAF Coltishall (GR.3, GR.3A)


UPDATE 2005

Jaguars have been uprated to GR3A status, and may yet have improvements to engine performance before their withdrawal from service.


UPDATE 2007

Today, 20th April 2007, I saw 12 Jaguars flying away from RAF Valley on what was their 'last day at the office'. Official sources say "All operationally orientated training will cease on this date and the Jaguar will no longer be a deployable Force Element." How very sad.

Here's a pictures of this event, No.6 Squadron flying over RAF Valley for the final time.

The shot has kindly been donated to the site by Dick Thomas of the Valley Aviation Society, to see more of his and other people's great pictures, click here.

 



GR.1A - XX965 - No.226 OCU, RAF Lossiemouth
Just starting its take-off roll in full reheat from RAF Lossiemouth in Scotland, clean of weapons and external fuel, prior to a blistering practice aerobatic display.