MOD­ERNI­SA­TION OF JAGUARS OF THE IAF

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The In­dian Air Force (IAF) is cur­rently in the mid­dle of a ma­jor $3 bil­lion mod­erni­sa­tion pro­gramme of its 118 Jaguar ground at­tack fighters which in­volves fit­ting of new en­gines, new avion­ics, com­mu­ni­ca­tion equip­ment and AESA radars. The ef­fort will prob­a­bly con­tinue for the next five years and will ex­tend the op­er­a­tional life of the air­craft by an­other 20 years. The Jaguar made its maiden flight in 1968 and was pro­duced in 23 vari­ants. The IAF placed a $1 bil­lion order in 1978 to pro­cure 40 Jaguars and li­cense to build 120 Jaguar air­craft at Hin­dus­tan Aero­nau­tics Lim­ited (HAL) un­der the lo­cal des­ig­na­tion Shamsher. Main con­trac­tor will be In­dia’s state-owned HAL which will re­ceive de­com­mis­sioned Jaguar fighters from France and Oman free of charge and will buy more planes from the UK at a throw­away price.

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