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IAF becomes sole Jaguar operator

 
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 12, 2014 9:53 pm    Post subject: IAF becomes sole Jaguar operator Reply with quote

Oman has retired its last four operational Sepecat Jaguars, with the strike aircraft carrying out a disbandment flypast with 8 Sqn at its Thumrait air base on 6 August.

Muscat's retirement of the Jaguar leaves the Indian air force as sole operator of the Anglo-French type. Flightglobal's MiliCAS database records the service as having 161 Sepecat- and Hindustan Aeronautics-supplied examples in use, with production continuing by the latter.


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 18, 2014 5:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Whats the IAF Logic for continuining it in service.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 21, 2014 9:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

IAF's Jaguars are now heavily modified with Darin 3 updates. These updates suit its specific role. Moreover they are in substantial numbers and retiring them now with no replacement will affect IAFs capability.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 25, 2014 8:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If the airframe is capable of taking so many upgrades, I'd say its still one tough bird.

In any case, there hasnt been any significant upgrade in the world of military combat aircraft since F22 Raptor. And there are problems there too.

The F35 JSF , in my opinion, is an abject failure. Its just a race to salvage prestige for the US now.
So, the Sukhoi Su30s, Mig-29s, F15s, F16, still rule, along with the occasional Typhoons and Rafales.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 25, 2014 3:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

shivendrashukla wrote:
IAF's Jaguars are now heavily modified with Darin 3 updates. These updates suit its specific role. Moreover they are in substantial numbers and retiring them now with no replacement will affect IAFs capability.


Whats the replacement options in terms of type available.........
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 29, 2014 5:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bombers, interceptors etc are classifications of the past. Now MRCA is the thing. These type of aircraft can switch roles during a turnaround. From being a bomber to an interceptor, just replace the store and configure the software and we are all set to go.

Jaguars are set to fly till 2025. Rafael will most likely be the replacement.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 06, 2016 7:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks like they are gonna be around for a while.


http://www.ainonline.com/aviation-news/defense/2016-10-05/indian-air-force-confirms-jaguar-re-engine-plan

Indian Air Force Confirms Jaguar Re-engine Plan

October 5, 2016

The Indian Air Force (IAF) has confirmed that it will re-engine its fleet of Anglo-French Jaguar strike aircraft. The plan was discussed by IAF Chief of Air Staff Arup Raha during his annual press conference this week.
Honeywell is to supply 270 F125IN turbofan engines to replace the twin Rolls-Royce Adour Mk 821s on apporoximately 120 Jaguars. The F125 is 600 pounds lighter and should enable 25-percent-shorter hot-and-high takeoffs. Raha said Indiaís Jaguars have become overweight and underpowered because of avionics and systems upgrades. Honeywell will first be required to conduct a trial modification of the Jaguars with the new engines. The plan was first mooted in 2012.

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https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/ugraded-jaguar-achieves-indian-ioc-431779/

Ugraded Jaguar achieves Indian IOC

24 November, 2016


The Indian air force has declared initial operation clearance for the latest avionics upgrade to its Sepecat Jaguar attack aircraft.

Under the Darin (display, attack, range and inertial navigation) III programme, three Jaguars have received upgraded avionics packages installed by Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL).

HAL says in a statement that the core of the upgrade is a new open architecture mission computer, as well as an engine and flight instrument system, smart multifunction display, fire control radar and a new inertial navigation system with GPS and Geodetic height correction.

Solid-state video and flight data recorders have also been installed, as has an identification friend or foe system.

The design and development of the new avionics suite was carried out by HALís mission and combat system research and design centre, with the overhaul completed at its Bengaluru facility.

Flight Fleets Analyzer shows that India is the sole remaining operator of the Jaguar, with 160 in service. Reports from India claim that around 120 of the aircraft will receive the Darin-III upgrade.

The Jaguars are used in ground and maritime attack roles, and the upgraded types are set to receive MBDA's ASRAAM short-range air-to-air missile and Textron Defence Systems' CBU-105 Sensor Fused Weapon.

Delhi has also planned to re-engine the Jaguar fleet with HAL-built Honeywell F125-IN engines, but that programme appears to have suffered major delays, with little progress announced to date.

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