SEPECAT Jaguar OS: The Desert Cat

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SEPECAT JAGUAR OS

Hello and welcome to my latest suggestion! The Omani version of the SEPECAT Jaguar, the Jaguar OS, I feel this has a strong precedence for Britain or a possible Omani subtree sometime in the future as it has strong British connections.

History

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The Royal Air Force of Oman (RAFO) initially ordered 12 (10 OS and 2 OB) Jaguars in the Mid 1970s in order to replace the Hawker Hunters in the Air Defence role they were rapidly becoming obsolete in, these Jaguars were Entirely to the Jaguar S (GR.1) standard except were modified with the Twin CM pods found on the Later GR.1A Models, these were also supplemented by a follow up order of another 12 Airframes and an additional 4 second-hand Airframes from the RAF and Indian AF in the mid 1980s, this brought the total number of Jaguars in Omani Service to 24 OS and 4 OB models, enough to equip 3 Squadrons, No.8, 10 and 20 squadrons.

As the Hunters neared complete obsoletion the Jaguars were pressed into a new role on top of Air defence, that of low altitude strike, this is where the Jaguars gained immense fame as they would often fly only a few meters off the ground during their attack runs, and the Pilots loved to show this off during public displays and Air shows through which the many famous photos of low flying Jags originate.

Unfortunately unlike the Jaguars in other Air forces, like the RAF or IAF, the Omani Jags never saw any large scale upgrades, and because of this by the mid 2000s they were deemed to be obsolete and were scrapped in favour of the More advanced F-16C/D Block 50s of which 12 were ordered to replace the Jaguars.

Pictures

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Jaguar OS and OB flying in formation TIALD Pod Mounted on the Centreline of the OS

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Jaguar Performing a Low pass, the text translates to “Oman was the only Jaguar buyer who intended to use the aircraft only for air defence. Omani Jaguars were often flown by RAF crews from units in the Middle East due to the Omanis’ lack of sufficient trained pilots.” - this further highlights the connection between the UK and Oman

Jaguar OS Refuelling from an RAF Tristar Tanker

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Two Jaguar OS and one Jaguar OB flying in formation

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Jaguar OS Performing a low pass

RAFO Jaguar Intercepting an IL-38

Specifications/ Armament

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General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Length: 16.83 m (55 ft 3 in)
  • Wingspan: 8.69 m (28 ft 6 in)
  • Height: 4.89 m (16 ft 1 in)
  • Wing area: 24.18 m2 (260.3 sq ft)
  • Aspect ratio: 3.12
  • Empty weight: 7,000 kg (15,432 lb) typical, (dependent on variant and role)
  • Gross weight: 10,954 kg (24,149 lb) full internal fuel and 120 rpg
  • Max takeoff weight: 15,700 kg (34,613 lb) with external stores
  • Fuel capacity: 4,200 L (1,100 US gal; 920 imp gal) internal, with provision for three 1,200 L (320 US gal; 260 imp gal) drop tanks on inboard and centreline pylons
  • Powerplant: 2 × Rolls-Royce Turbomeca Adour Mk.102 afterburning turbofan engines, 22.75 kN (5,110 lbf) thrust each dry, 32.5 kN (7,300 lbf) with afterburner

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 1,350 km/h (840 mph, 730 kn) Mach 1.1 at sea level

1,699 km/h (1,056 mph; 917 kn) Mach 1.6 at 11,000 m (36,000 ft)

  • Landing speed: 213 km/h (132 mph; 115 kn)

  • Combat range: 815 km (506 mi, 440 nmi) hi-lo-hi (internal fuel), 575 km (357 mi; 310 nmi) lo-lo-lo (internal fuel), 1,408 km (875 mi; 760 nmi) hi-lo-hi (with external fuel), 908 km (564 mi; 490 nmi) lo-lo-lo (with external fuel)

  • Ferry range: 1,902 km (1,182 mi, 1,027 nmi) with full internal and external tanks

  • Service ceiling: 14,000 m (46,000 ft)

  • g limits: +8.6 (ultimate load +12)

  • Time to altitude: 9,145 m (30,003 ft) in 1 minute 30 seconds

  • Wing loading: 649.3 kg/m2 (133.0 lb/sq ft) maximum

  • Thrust/weight: 0.422

Weapons

  • Guns: Twin 30mm ADEN Cannons

  • AAMs

    • AIM-9P
  • Bombs

    • 1000 lbs HE
    • BL-755 Cluster Munitions
    • Paveways?
  • Rockets

    • 80 mm SURA
    • CVR7?
  • Other

    • TIALD Targeting pod
    • 2 AN/ALE40 Countermeasure Pods (Under Tail like standard Jag GR.1s)
    • AN/ALQ101 Jamming pod
    • Matra phimat chaff pod

Place in Game

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In game I feel this would have a strong precedent for the British tree, I would suggest that if this did not come as an event vehicle, or other, it would go at 10.3 to replace the Current Jaguar GR.1A, this would allow the current Jag to receive the AIM-9Ls it used IRL and be put up in BR perhaps to 11.0 to give Britain an alternative Ground attack aircraft at that tier.

This Aircraft is also a must have if Gaijin adds an Omani Tree/ Subtree to the game at some point in the future given its fame in Omani Service

Sources

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https://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/documents/collections/X005-2763-HAWKER-HUNTER-(OMAN).pdf
SEPECAT Jaguar - Wikipedia
SEPECAT Jaguar
Aircraft Photo of 215 | Sepecat Jaguar S | Oman - Air Force | AirHistory.net #428294
The SEPECAT Jaguar – Oman aircraft build.

+1, would be great to have another Jaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaag
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