SEPECAT Jaguar A: ground attack aircraft

The Jaguar programme began in the early 1960s, in response to a British requirement (Air Staff Target 362) for an advanced supersonic jet trainer to replace the Folland Gnat T1 and Hawker Hunter T7, and a French requirement (ECAT or École de Combat et d’Appui Tactique) for a cheap, subsonic dual role trainer and light attack aircraft to replace the Fouga Magister, Lockheed T-33 and Dassault Mystère IV.

In both countries several companies tendered designs: BAC, Hunting, Hawker Siddeley and Folland in Britain; Breguet, Potez, Sud-Aviation, Nord, and Dassault from France. A Memorandum of Understanding was signed in May 1965 for the two countries to develop two aircraft, a trainer based on the ECAT, and the larger AFVG (Anglo-French Variable Geometry).

Made in France and UK by Société Européenne de Production de l’avion École de Combat et d’Appui Tactique (SEPECAT)

First flight: 1968

Engine: 2 reactors Rolls-Royce/Turbomeca Adour Mk.102

Speed: 1500 km/h (810 mp/h)

Range: 1100 km

Ceiling: 13 km (42,560 ft)

Aeroscopia (Toulouse)

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