Four Indian Air Force Jaguar S(I) passed through BA 125 Istres in France on April 6, along with four Su-30MKIs, en route to Eielson AFB, for ‘Red Flag Alaska’.
The fighters were supported by Il-78s and C-17s and arrived from Egypt, departing to Lajes.
This is a rare international adventure for the Indian Jaguars, with this air arm being the last operator of the type. The aircraft: serials JS209, 210, 221, 222 appear to be from No 224 ‘Warlords’ Squadron at Jamnagar, which disbanded as a MiG-27 unit in 2007, before standing up as a DARIN II-standard Jaguar squadron on March 31 the following year.
These aircraft were built by Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd as part of Phase 6 Jaguar production, amongst the last Jaguars ever manufactured, around 2009. They were part of a batch of 20 aircraft manufactured as Display Attack and Ranging Inertial Navigation (DARIN) II standard. These aircraft can be identified by the new Tarang RWR on the fin and new laser rangefinder in the nose.
Read more in the June issue of Combat Aircraft, currently in production.
Image courtesy of Giovanni Colla.