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The Indian Air Force is looking for 150 different kinds of spare parts as well as the airframes of Jaguars that the Royal Air Force has retired.

In 1979, HAL obtained permission to construct 150 jets under licence after importing 40 aircraft from the UK. We have roughly 115 Jaguars in the IAF. The lack of spare parts makes their serviceability problematic.

Six squadrons are equipped with Jaguars, which are an essential part of the IAF’s tactical reconnaissance and deep penetration attack capability. Anti-ship missiles have also been added to some of these aircraft so they can be used in maritime environments.

The airframes of five single-seat GR-1 versions and four twin-seat T-2 variations that were decommissioned by the Royal Air Force, as well as over 150 various kinds of spare components, are being sought after by the IAF, according to sources. The UK’s Defence Equipment Sales Authority would handle the sale and transfer of the airframes and spares, and after the agreement is completed, these would be sent to the Air Force Station in Ambala, home of two Jaguar squadrons, No. 5 “Tuskers” and No. 16 “Bulls.”

Formerly, as a countermeasure to the Rafale fighter jet agreement, the

Cannibalization would be employed on the majority of the airframes in order to preserve optimal squadron serviceability. The IAF is currently the only user of the Jaguar; other users, including France, the UK, Oman, Nigeria, and Ecuador, have decommissioned them. Production of the Jaguar has long since stopped.

In 1979, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited obtained a permit to construct 150 aircraft after importing 40 aircraft from the United Kingdom. Approximately 115 Jaguars are currently in operation by the IAF, but sources suggest that their serviceability is questionable due to obsolescence and a lack of spare parts. To improve its operational capability, the Indian Air Force’s Jaguar fleet has undergone modernization and upgrades during the last ten years. According to sources, this means that the fleet should continue to operate for

The IAF started re-assembling the Jaguar’s DARIN-III advanced navigation and attack avionics suite a few years ago. Earlier this year, a new project was launched to re-equip the fleet with next-generation close combat air-to-air missiles, transport platforms, cruise missiles, and unmanned aerial vehicles.


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