Indian Air Force

Cost vs combat edge: Future of IAF’s Jaguar fleet is hanging in the balance

By Business Standard

The future of the Indian Air Force’s (IAF’s) six squadrons of Jaguar strike fighters is hanging in the balance. The IAF has regarded the Jaguar as under-powered ever since it entered service in the late-1970s.

Now, wear and tear on its twin Rolls-Royce Adour 804/811 engines has reduced the aircraft’s thrust even further — by an estimated 15-20 per cent. As a result, the Jaguar faces difficulty in carrying out its demanding combat role: Flying low and fast, deep into enemy territory; bombing its ground target accurately in a single pass and then screaming

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