Jaguar A

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RANK 6 USA
"APACHE" | AH-64A Peten
Jaguar A
AB
RB
SB
General characteristics
Brief
Detailed
9.7/10.0/10.0BR
1 personCrew
13.5 tTake-off weight
11.25 kg/sBurst mass
Flight characteristics
13 716 mCeiling
2 х Rolls-Royce Turbomeca Limited Adour Mk.102Engine
Type
airCooling system
Speed of destruction
1273 km/hStructural
481 km/hGear
Offensive armament
2 x 30 mm DEFA 553 cannonWeapon 1
300 roundsAmmunition
1 296 shots/minFire rate
Suspended armament
11 x 250 kg SAMP Type 25 bombSetup 1
8 x 400 kg SAMP Type 21 bombSetup 2
108 x SNEB type 23 rocketSetup 3
144 x SNEB type 23 rocketSetup 4
16 x TBA ECC rocketsSetup 5
16 x TBA Multi-Dart 100 AB rocketsSetup 6
2 x Matra R550 Magic 1 air-to-air missilesSetup 7
2 x Matra R550 Magic 1 air-to-air missiles
9 x 250 kg SAMP Type 25 bomb
Setup 8
2 x Matra R550 Magic 1 air-to-air missiles
6 x 400 kg SAMP Type 21 bomb
Setup 9
2 x Matra R550 Magic 1 air-to-air missiles
72 x SNEB type 23 rocket
Setup 10
2 x Matra R550 Magic 1 air-to-air missiles
72 x SNEB type 23 rocket
Setup 11
2 x Matra R550 Magic 1 air-to-air missiles
8 x TBA ECC rockets
Setup 12
2 x Matra R550 Magic 1 air-to-air missiles
8 x TBA Multi-Dart 100 AB rockets
Setup 13
Economy
390 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
1 010 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png14 500 / 19 676/10 140 / 13 759/4 470 / 6 065Repair
290 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
1 010 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
2 600 Ge icon.pngAces
226 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
410 % Sl icon.png300 % Sl icon.png120 % Sl icon.png

Description

GarageImage Jaguar A.jpg


The Jaguar A is a rank VI French jet fighter with a battle rating of 10.0 (AB/RB) and 9.7 (SB). It was introduced in Update "Raining Fire". It is a twin-engine ground assault aircraft, designed with the transport and operation of heavy ordnance in mind. It also comes equipped with air-to-air missiles, in the form of the dreaded Matra R550 Magic 1. Overall a bomb truck, it is very unwieldy while fully loaded, but is exceptionally nimble once its bomb/rocket load is expended.

General info

Flight performance

The SEPECAT Jaguar is a relatively small aircraft, with a relatively small wing surface area, yet it boasts two jet engines, each yielding nearly two tons of wet thrust. These characteristics give the Jaguar exceptional agility and responsiveness, being able to engage turnfights if necessary. On the other hand, this small frame makes the Jaguar turn into a brick when loaded with bombs, even becoming so heavy it becomes very hard to take-off. The wings are of a swept design, and the Jaguar loses energy while turning only moderately, not being a BnZ fighter, but not being as bad as a Mirage IIIC or a J35D Draken. Overall it is a quite average fighter, while not loaded.

Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 10,668 m)
Max altitude
(metres)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(metres/second)
Take-off run
(metres)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
Stock 1,657 1,645 13 716 31.8 32.4 74.2 66.2 850
Upgraded 1,728 1,688 28.5 30.0 109.3 90.0

Details

Features
Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear Drogue chute
Limits
Wings (km/h) Gear (km/h) Flaps (km/h) Max Static G
Combat Take-off Landing + -
1273 481 950 525 410 ~12 ~6
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 650 < 600 < 720 N/A

Engine performance

Engine Aircraft mass
Engine name Number Basic Mass Wing loading (full fuel)
Rolls-Royce Turbomeca Limited Adour Mk.102 2 7,616 kg 453 kg/m2
Engine characteristics Mass with fuel (no weapons load) Max Takeoff
Weight
Weight (each) Type 12m fuel 20m fuel 30m fuel 42m fuel
709 kg Afterburning low-bypass turbofan 8,545 kg 9,165 kg 9,940 kg 10,869 kg 13,500 kg
Maximum engine thrust @ 0 m (RB / SB) Thrust to weight ratio @ 0 m (WEP)
Condition 100% WEP 12m fuel 20m fuel 30m fuel 42m fuel MTOW
Stationary 1,998 kgf 3,094 kgf 0.72 0.68 0.62 0.57 0.46
Optimal 2,242 kgf
(200 km/h)
3,307 kgf
(200 km/h)
0.77 0.72 0.67 0.61 0.49

Survivability and armour

The Jaguar A has no armour plating or armoured glass. The entire wings of the Jaguar A are made up of fuel tanks, along with most of the upper fuselage, with flight controls being exposed in the "spine" of the aircraft. The two engines take up a small amount of room in the very rear of the fuselage.

Armaments

Offensive armament

Main article: DEFA 553 (30 mm)

The Jaguar A is armed with:

  • 2 x 30 mm DEFA 553 cannons, belly-mounted (150 rpg = 300 total)

Suspended armament

The Jaguar A can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • Without load
  • 11 x 250 kg SAMP Type 25 bombs (2,750 kg total)
  • 8 x 400 kg SAMP Type 21 bombs (3,200 kg total)
  • 108 x SNEB type 23 rockets
  • 144 x SNEB type 23 rockets
  • 16 x TBA ECC rockets
  • 16 x TBA Multi-Dart 100 AB rockets
  • 2 x Matra R550 Magic 1 missiles
  • 9 x 250 kg SAMP Type 25 bombs + 2 x Matra R550 Magic 1 missiles (2,250 kg total)
  • 6 x 400 kg SAMP Type 21 bombs + 2 x Matra R550 Magic 1 missiles (2,400 kg total)
  • 2 x Matra R550 Magic 1 missiles + 72 x SNEB type 23 rockets
  • 2 x Matra R550 Magic 1 missiles + 72 x SNEB type 23 rockets
  • 2 x Matra R550 Magic 1 missiles + 8 x TBA ECC rockets
  • 2 x Matra R550 Magic 1 missiles + 8 x TBA Multi-Dart 100 AB rockets

The sets of bombs are the heaviest ordnances for the aircraft, but ensure a good supply of CAS support capability, even though bomb runs in combined battles are extremely dangerous at such BRs.

The most exotic loadout proposed by the Jaguar A is the TBA Multi-Dart 100 AB rocket. This rocket is a hypersonic, sub-munition-carrying vessel, with each rocket carrying six darts, and reaching 1400 m/s, or Mach 4.2. Each dart is in fact a small kinetic penetrator, each being able to penetrate 80 mm of flat armour, and relying only on fragmentation of armour as post-penetration damage. While these darts cannot pierce the front (or even side) hull of a modern MBT, it will pierce its roof without problems, and the rocket speed and number of darts gives the possibility of top attacks from a safe distance, with extreme precision.

Usage in battles

The Jaguar A is a catastrophic aircraft to grind, because its only air-to-air missiles are locked as a rank 4 modification. The entirety of its opposition will be carrying both IR and semi-active radar missiles. Once these missiles are researched, the Jaguar becomes a force to be reckoned with, and it can be expected that a few kills can be made on unsuspecting enemies. The bomb/rocket load of the Jaguar A is decent, and bombing bases and key targets is definitely a good way to acquire experience. Carrying a hybrid air-to-air and air-to-ground load is a good compromise, retaining adequate ground pounding capabilities while acquiring self-defence capabilities.

It is a good tactic to let pure fighters go in front, and remain at low altitude. That way the Jaguar will not be in the front lines, and will be able to expend its bomb load and attempt to help fighters with its missiles. The Jaguar cannot face aircraft such as a MiG-21, or a Mirage IIIC, or even a Phantom II and be expected to win. The aircraft fares better as a support aircraft.

In Combined battles, many CAS options are available. Be it the SAMP bombs, SNEB rockets, or Multi-Dart rockets, with the latter being its cutting edge weapon against ground forces. Remaining at a safe distance and avoiding incoming missiles while selecting a target, then pointing it swiftly for a top attack with one or more Multi-Dart rockets seems to be an adequate usage of these weapons. It can be decided to abandon the air-to-air missiles to carry more ordnance, that is a choice of attack paradigm each player must make.

Modules

Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage repair Offensive 30 mm LAU-5003 B/A Matra JL-100R
II New boosters Compressor Airframe Type 25C Matra LR F1
III Wings repair Engine New 30 mm cannons LR 100-4
IV G-suit Cover Type 21B Matra R550 Magic 1

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Small frame, hard to hit with guns
  • Nimble and agile while not loaded
  • Carries two extremely efficient Matra R550 Magic missiles
  • Carries an exotic weapon for CAS, which players are not used to face
  • Can be played as a bomb truck

Cons:

  • Researching the modifications are a hassle
  • Basically a barely flying anvil when fully loaded with bombs
  • Does not carry flares
  • No protection
  • No radar (and thus no radar guided missiles)

History

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France jet aircraft
Fighters  ▄F-84G-26-RE · ▄F-86K · ▄F-100D · Jaguar A
  M.D.450B Ouragan · M.D.450B Barougan · M.D.452 IIA · M.D.452 IIC · Super Mystere B2 · Etendard IVM · Mirage IIIC
Bombers  S.O.4050 Vautour IIA · Vautour IIA IDF/AF · S.O.4050 Vautour IIB