From modest beginnings in the early 1960s as an advanced trainer, the Anglo-French SEPECAT Jaguar matured into a formidable fighter-bomber and eventually became something of a Cold War icon. It remains one of the Indian Air Force’s most important strike assets.
THE LAST JAGUARS
ALTHOUGH EXTENSIVELY MARKETED for export, the Jaguar only saw service with four foreign countries: Ecuador, Nigeria, Oman and India, albeit in large numbers with the latter. India license-produced the type domestically and is now the last Jaguar operator in the world, after Oman retired its final examples in August 2014. With a host of upgrades, the Indian Air Force (IAF) expects the type to continue in service at least until 2030.