The SEPECAT Jaguar is an Anglo-French ground attack aircraft still in service with several export customers, notably the Indian Air Force and the Royal Air Force of Oman. It was among the first major Anglo-French military aircraft programs. The aircraft served as one of the French Air Force's main strike/attack aircraft until July 1, 2005 (when it was replaced by Dassault Rafale) and with the Royal Air Force until the end of April 2007. The Jaguar program began in the early 1960s, in response to a British requirement for an advanced supersonic jet trainer, and a French need for a cheap, subsonic dual role trainer and attack aircraft with good short field performance. The first of 8 prototypes flew on September 8, 1968. The Arm‚e de l'Air took delivery of the first production Jaguar in 1973, one of an eventual 160 single-seat Jaguar As. For type conversion training, France also took 40 of the two-seat Jaguar E. The RAF accepted delivery of the first of 165 single-seat Jaguar GR.1s with 54(F) squadron in 1974. These were supplemented by 35 two-seat trainers, the Jaguar T2 Jaguars were also sold to a number of overseas countries. The largest single customer was the Republic of India which purchased about 40 of these aircraft and also acquired the license to manufacture 100 of them indigenously. The Jaguar International was an export version which was sold to Ecuador, Nigeria and Oman.
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Years Manufactured: 1968 - 1981
Platform Type: Fixed Wing, Combat
Initial Maker: SEPECAT
Final Maker: SEPECAT