HomeAatmanirbhar BharatIndian Air Force initiates transition of Jaguar squadrons to Tejas Mk1A

Indian Air Force initiates transition of Jaguar squadrons to Tejas Mk1A

Source : IgMp News Bulletin

Indian Air Force initiates transition of Jaguar squadrons to Tejas Mk1A
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The Indian Air Force (IAF) has unveiled a meticulous plan to phase out its Jaguar strike aircraft fleet, commencing in the fiscal year 2027-28. This comprehensive program is geared towards the complete retirement of Jaguars from operational service by 2035. The initial phase of this strategic move will involve the gradual retirement of DARIN-I/II Aircrafts, the first set of upgraded aircraft.

Originally, the IAF intended to substitute Jaguars entirely with the Tejas Mk2 fighter jet, an advanced and domestically manufactured model. However, recent developments indicate that the squadrons earmarked for retirement may instead shift towards adopting the Tejas Mk1A variant.

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The Tejas Mk1A represents a significant enhancement over the Tejas Mk1, boasting superior capabilities when compared to the Jaguar. This interim measure enables the IAF to phase out the aging Jaguars while the Tejas Mk2 undergoes full-scale production.

For decades, the Jaguar has been a cornerstone of the IAF’s Strike force, fulfilling diverse roles including ground attack, reconnaissance, and maritime patrol. However, the Jaguar fleet has encountered persistent challenges, particularly with its underpowered engines, which tend to degrade performance in India’s hot and humid climatic conditions.

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The Indian Air Force’s decision to transition its Jaguar squadrons to the Tejas Mk1A underscores its commitment to modernization and operational effectiveness. By embracing indigenous advancements in aviation technology, the IAF aims to optimize its combat capabilities and maintain a robust defense posture in the region.

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