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#1887 Royal Air Force - SEPECAT Jaguar GR.3A (XZ355 / FJ)

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SEPECAT Jaguar GR.3A (XZ355 / FJ) from the Royal Air Force (UK) at the Czech International Air Fest 2005, Brno-Tuřany (Czech Republic)

The SEPECAT Jaguar is an Anglo-French jet attack aircraft, originally used by the British Royal Air Force and the French Air Force (Armée de l'Air)
in the close air support and nuclear strike role, and still in service notably the Indian Air Force. Originally conceived in the 1960s as jet trainer with a light ground attack capability, the requirement for the aircraft soon changed to include supersonic performance, reconnaissance and tactical nuclear strike roles. A carrier-based variant was also planned for French service, but this was cancelled in favour of the cheaper Dassault Super Étendard. The airframes were manufactured by SEPECAT (Société Européenne de Production de l'avion Ecole de Combat et d'Appui Tactique), a joint venture between Breguet and the British Aircraft Corporation, one of the first major joint-Anglo-French military aircraft programs. The Jaguar was exported to India, Oman, Ecuador and Nigeria. The production reached 573, including those built under licence in India. The aircraft served with
the French Air Force as the main strike/attack aircraft until 1 July 2005, and with the Royal Air Force until the end of April 2007.

The Jaguar GR.3A is a modified GR.3 (designated Jaguar 96) and therefore also called Jaguar 97, which came into effect from 2000.
Modifications included installing a multifunctional colour display, a new mission planning system and
the cockpit was prepared for Night Vision Goggles (NVG) operations.

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