|This page is about the British strike aircraft Jaguar GR.1. For the French version, see Jaguar A.|
- 1 Description
- 2 General info
- 3 Armaments
- 4 Usage in battles
- 5 History
- 6 Media
- 7 See also
- 8 External links
The Jaguar GR.1 is a rank VI British strike aircraft with a battle rating of 9.7 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update "Raining Fire".
|Characteristics|| Max Speed
(km/h at 10,668 m)
| Max altitude
| Turn time
| Rate of climb
| Take-off run|
|Combat flaps||Take-off flaps||Landing flaps||Air brakes||Arrestor gear||Drogue chute|
|Wings (km/h)||Gear (km/h)||Flaps (km/h)||Max Static G|
|Optimal velocities (km/h)|
|< 650||< 600||< 720||N/A|
|Engine name||Number||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 (each)||Type||15m fuel||20m fuel||30m fuel||45m fuel||53m fuel|
|709 kg||Afterburning low-bypass turbofan||8,592 kg||8,838 kg||9,449 kg||10,365 kg||10,869 kg||13,500 kg|
|Thrust to weight ratio @ 0 m (WEP)|
|Condition||100%||WEP||15m fuel||20m fuel||30m fuel||45m fuel||53m fuel||MTOW|
|Stationary||1,998 kgf||3,094 kgf||0.72||0.70||0.65||0.60||0.57||0.46|
|Optimal|| 2,242 kgf
| 3,307 kgf
Survivability and armour
The Jaguar GR.1 has no armour plating or armoured glass. The entire wings of the Jaguar GR.1 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.
Modifications and economy
|CCIP (Guns)||CCIP (Rockets)||CCIP (Bombs)||CCRP (Bombs)|
The Jaguar GR.1 is armed with:
- 2 x 30 mm ADEN Mk.4 cannons, chin-mounted (150 rpg = 300 total)
The Jaguar GR.1 can be outfitted with the following ordnance:
- Without load
- 2 x AIM-9G Sidewinder missiles
- 76 x CRV7 M247 rockets
- 8 x 540 lb Mk.M1 bombs (4,320 lb total)
- 8 x 1,000 lb G.P. Mk.I bombs (8,000 lb total)
- 2 x AIM-9G Sidewinder missiles + 38 x CRV7 M247 rockets
- 2 x AIM-9G Sidewinder missiles + 6 x 540 lb Mk.M1 bombs (3,240 lb total)
- 2 x AIM-9G Sidewinder missiles + 6 x 1,000 lb G.P. Mk.I bombs (6,000 lb total)
Usage in battles
As a strike aircraft, the Jaguar is best suited to going after ground targets. Equipped with up to 8 x 1,000 lb bombs, it shines as a ground attack aircraft in Ground RB and is a very dangerous aircraft towards tanks. However, equipped with the air to air missiles and a pair of ADEN 30 mm cannons, it is also a very real threat to any fighters that find a Jaguar behind them, or indeed ahead of them and closing fast. The main strategy is to act as a support aircraft, rather than flying solo against enemy fighters. A rather handy drag chute and arrestor gear is provided, though it is not advised to use a Jaguar alongside a carrier, as the arrestor gear was only intended for situations where the normal wheels and air brakes had failed.
However, you cannot forget in the Jaguar that you are a strike aircraft. You only have 2 missiles at most, and 300 rounds, to which trigger discipline, is as always, a must. Again, engaging fighters is not a problem, and the Jaguar is very agile without a lot on bombs slung underneath. Be mindful of your relatively low acceleration and tendency to lose speed quickly when manoeuvring.
Enemies worth noting:
As a member of NATO teams you can and will face MiG-21s. The F-13/J-7II (Chinese) are a pair of dangerous opponents, with their 30 mm guns, but the missiles are not fatal. They are the equivalent of AIM-9Bs, and can lose track if you are operating at long range or turning. Ideally fire it when you are at a close range or without the risk of the aircraft turning. The SMT/MF/Bis variants are much more of a threat. With R-60 missiles, they are to be feared and respected.
Again, F-4s are very dangerous. However, unlike the MiG-21, they get access to far more ammunition for their guns. They also get access to SARH missiles, as well as AIM-9J missiles on the E/EJ variants.
Any other fighters:
The best rule of thumb is to play safe, if you are flying as a ground strike aircraft, but usual rules apply when engaging enemy fighters.
Pros and cons
- Capable of using AIM-9G Sidewinder missiles that have decent range and turn performance.
- Manoeuvrable, especially compared to the T-2 and F-4
- Decent roll rate.
- Decent CAS loadouts.
- Armed with the powerful ADEN cannons.
- Equipped with RWR to warn about search radars and radar locks.
- Has large gear for its size.
- Has a Head-Up Display in the cockpit which provides flight information and weapon aiming functionality.
- Drogue chute and airbrakes make for easy landings.
- Mediocre speed performance.
- Mediocre climb rate and energy retention.
- Can only load two missiles.
- Can't utilize SARH and/or BVR.
- Not equipped with radar.
The Jaguar was a joint program between the British and French to develop a cheap subsonic trainer and light attack aircraft. The British and French bought a total of 403 aircraft with Britain receiving 203 of the aircraft. Other exports include to the Indian Air force (160 total aircraft ordered ), The Royal Air force of Oman (26 total aircraft ordered), The Ecuadorian Air force (12 total aircraft ordered) and the air force of Nigeria (18 total aircraft ordered). The Jaguar was used in several military conflicts in countries such as: Mauritania, Chad, Iraq, Bosnia, Pakistan and The Chenepa war but most notably it saw service in the 1990 Gulf War during Operation Desert Storm, where it was used to destroy Iraqi artillery and missile positions. During the Bosnian bombing campaign of 1995 Jaguars of the 41 squadron carried out the first raids in Europe since the second world war. During the Bosnian airstrikes jaguars were fitted with laser designators and would laze Bosnian-Serb forces for RAF Harriers to strike. These re-fitted more modern Jaguars were re-designated as SEPECAT Jaguar GR.1 B.
In the early 1960's, both Great Britain and France were looking into procuring a new jet trainer for their respective air forces. Despite differences in specifications and requirements, the two nations were united in their pursuit for such a new aircraft, thus leading to an agreement being signed in 1965 which would kick off development of what would eventually become the Jaguar.
The Jaguar was being developed under a specially formed consortium of British and French aviation companies, namely Breguet and BAC, called SEPECAT (you can look up what the acronym stands for on your own - we promise you won't be disappointed though). Continuing with the theme of joint projects, Rolls-Royce and Turbomeca also joined forces to develop a new turbofan engine - the Adour - for the new aircraft.
The first of eight prototypes of the Jaguar successfully conducted its maiden flight in September of 1968. Following the conclusion of further testing, the Jaguar went into production in two major variants - the Jaguar A being the modification used by the French Air Force and the Jaguar S (Jaguar GR.1) being the variant employed by the RAF. Both variants of the machine entered production in the early 1970's, with the first production models being delivered in 1973/'74.
The Jaguar primarily served with France and Great Britain, most notably distinguishing itself in action during the Gulf War of the 1990's. However, Ecuador, Nigeria and Oman also operated modifications of the Jaguar, while India still operates the Jaguar to this day. In total over 540 SEPECAT Jaguars were built.
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