posted on Aug, 1 2004 @ 08:20 AM
She's getting on a bit but so nice:
Single-seat attack and reconnaissance aircraft
Upgraded to use GPS navigation and helmet-mounted missile sight
Produced to meet a joint Anglo-French requirement in 1965 for a dual-role advanced/operational trainer and tactical support aircraft, the Jaguar has
been transformed into a potent fighter-bomber. Deliveries began in 1973, and at its peak the Jaguar equipped 8 front-line RAF squadrons in the UK and
The RAF's Jaguar fleet has recently undergone a major upgrade programme and been designated as the Jaguar GR3 (or T4 for the 2-seat version). The
upgrade included improved avionics including Global Positioning System (GPS) and Terrain-Referenced Navigation (TRN) , Night Vision Goggles (NVG)
compatible lighting (both internally and externally), helmet-mounted sight and ASRAAM capability, and new Head-Up and Head-Down Displays in the
The Jaguar is capable of using 1,000lb conventional bombs, Paveway laser- and GPS-guided bombs, rocket pods and its Aden cannon. For self-defence a
pair of Sidewinder air-to-air missiles can be mounted on the over-wing hardpoints. It can be fitted with an external fuel tank on the centreline
pylon, or 2 tanks under the wings. In the reconnaissance role the Jaguar is fited with an externally mounted pod, equipped with conventional 'wet
film' and sensors. It can also carry the Thermal Imaging Airborne Laser Designator (TIALD) pod for self-designation or co-operative designation of
Two Turbomeca/Rolls-Royce Adour turbofans
55ft 2in (16.83m)
28ft 6 in (8.69m)
GR3: pilot only;
T4: pilot and pupil in tandem
Air Interdiction (AI). Low- or medium-level attacks using precision-guided, freefall or retarded bombs.
Close Air Support (CAS). Air action against hostile targets that are in close proximity to friendly forces on the ground.
Tactical Reconnaissance (Tac Recce).
Two 30mm Aden guns and up to 10,000lb (4,500kg) of stores. Weapons available include 1,000lb retard and freefall bombs, CBU-87 cluster bombs, Paveway
2 and 3 laser-guided bombs and CRV-7 rocket pods. Two AIM-9L Sidewinder air-to-air missiles (carried over-wing) are used for self-defence. When used
in the reconnaissance role, the pod is carried under the fuselage on the centreline pylon.
Source : www.raf.mod.uk