No.6 Sqn RAF, now does not provide deploy-able Jaguar aircraft, marking the operational end of front line service after 33 years.
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An early Anglo-French project, intended to be a supersonic advanced trainer with a secondary light attack capability, the design grew to the extent that the training role was replaced by a much more potent strike aircraft.
On entering RAF service, it largely replaced F-4M Phantoms, needed for the air defence role, some saw the Jag as somewhat puny compared to the F-4.
But, designed as a low level attack type, it's strengths became clear, a small target, great low level performance, robust, easy to deploy, economic in operation for a military jet.
Early on, it did suffer from a lack of power, the RAF would upgrade the engines to the export standard, then add weapon options such as LGB's, AIM-9's, ECM pods.
In the 1980's, the Jaguar units in RAF Germany, Nos.2, 14, 17, 20 and 31 Sqns, replaced the Jags with the Tornado IDS, leaving the three rapid deployment units, 6, 41 and 54 Sqns, to serve long after many had expected.
The French AF (who retired the type in 2005), never upgraded the engine, they had a more austere avionic fit, but in time, they'd add ECM pods, LGB's, Magic AAM's, the AS.30 Laser missile.
For a time, one French unit operated a basic SEAD role with a Martel ASM carried under fuselage.
Both AF's used Jag's to great effect in the 1991 Gulf War, the RAF machines got more upgrades prior to deployment, tweaked engines, the long requested overwing pylons for AIM-9's-as on export ones, freeing up the regular pylons, secure radios, improved IFF, more chaff/flare dispensers, added US cluster munitions-unlike the RAF's BL755-suitable for medium level, the CVR-7 rockets, plus a previously classified addition of radar absorbent material strips added to wing, tail and fin leading edges.
Both services had no losses in combat on the type in 1991.
Jaguar also served in the conflicts in the former Yugoslavia, the withdrawal of Turkish basing, prevented the RAF Jaguar from taking part in the 2003 Iraq war however.
In the 1990's, the RAF did a rolling series of upgrades, greatly expanding weapon and sensor options within the limitations of a small 1960's era cockpit, such as single crew TIALD pods, as well as further engine improvements, all done on budget and schedule.
But, the advent of Typhoon in the swing role-which the RAF is moving rapidly towards (a potential Afghan deployment next year), means the end of the Jaguar, the last Sqn, No.6, will stand up on Typhoons once the former Tornado F.3 11 Sqn, completes it's conversion to Typhoon.
Jaguar was exported to Oman, Ecuador, Nigeria and India, who have produced in under licence-with unique versions like the Agave radar Maritime Jaguar, with BAe Sea Eagle ASMs.
The Adour engine developed for the Jaguar-another Anglo-French effort, would in it's unreheated version, provide the perfect powerplant for the Hawk trainer, without which, the smaller, older, venerable R/R Viper might well have been used, meaning a more limited aircraft, not the great success that the Hawk is even today.