YouTube – SEPECAT Jaguar
2- 8,040 lbs. ea.
2- 30 mm
55 ft. 3 in.
28 ft. 6 in.
35,500 fpm (est.)
The SEPECAT Jaguar model GR3, an aircraft that first flew in 1968, still serves with the Indian air force. SEPECAT stands for Societe Europeenne de Production de l’Avion d’Ecole de Combat et d’Appui Tactique.
The SEPECAT Jaguar is a joint venture product of England and France and both countries operated it until recently. The French replaced their Jaguar aircraft in 2005 and the British replaced them in 2007.
The British Royal Air Force originally intended the SEPECAT Jaguar jet fighter to be used solely as a trainer, replacing their aging Folland Gnat and Hawker Hunter training aircraft. However, while the aircraft was still being developed it was decided to also use it for ground support missions. That was to save the cost of developing an additional aircraft for such missions.
In 2000 SEPECAT Jaguar jet fighter aircraft of the British RAF received a major upgraded including GPS navigation, head up displays, new cockpit instrumentation, and targeting systems.
The model GR3 is capable of high speed attack missions, delivering large quantities of ordnance over long distances in day/night, all weather conditions.
SEPECAT Jaguar jet fighters are also used in the reconnaissance role and for training.
The landing gear of the aircraft was designed so that it can operate from unimproved air fields close to front lines, even with a maximum load of ordnance.
Jaguar jet fighter aircraft can be equipped with a centerline fuel tank or drop tanks under each wing.
A special pod is mounted on the aircraft when it is used for reconnaissance. It can provide low and medium altitude, horizon-to-horizon, mapping.
Ordnance carried during attack missions may include free fall bombs, “smart” bombs, rockets and a pair of 30 mm cannons. Top of the wing hard points can also mount air to air missiles.
Defensive systems of the GR3 include a rear warning radar, an ECM (electronic counter measure) pod, chaff and flare dispensers.
French and RAF SEPECAT Jaguar aircraft saw action in the 1991 Gulf War. RAF Jaguar fighter jets participated in the U.S. invasion of Iraq.
India is spending US$3 billion to extend the life of their 118 Jaguar aircraft for an additional 20 years. Updates include new engines, radar, avionics, and air frames. Work is expected to be completed by mid 2023.
A total of 543 SEPECAT Jaguar jet fighter aircraft were produced.
RC SEPECAT Jaguar
That’s Jeff Sparks with his scratch built RC SEPECAT Jaguar. Jeff used a 1/48 scale plastic model as the basis for designing his aircraft. It has a wingspan of 54 in. and a length of 84 in. Jeff powers his Jaguar with a Jet Cat turbine engine. Top speed is around 155 mph.
The SEPECAT Jaguar from a Christen Diffusion kit has a wingspan of 54 in. and a fuselage length of 85 in. For power you will need a single turbine engine producing from 27 to 38 lbs. of thrust. All up weight is around 26 1/2 lbs.