India: On 05th Jun 2018, an Indian Air Force Jaguar aircraft, which was on a routine training sortie, crashed at 0945h over Kutch area in Gujarat. The aircraft was airborne from Air Force Station Jamnagar. The Indian Air Force's Jaguar is a deep-penetration strike jet
The Pilot, Air Commodore Sanjai Chauhan VM, sustained fatal injuries and later died due to the injuries. A Court of Inquiry has been ordered to ascertain the cause of the accident.
As per the reports the plane flew from Jamnagar air base and crashed near a village. The plane's debris was strewn on the fields near a village in Kutch, around 340 km from Ahmedabad.
Last month in a similar accident two Indian pilots died in a IAF helicopter crash. Wing Commander J James and Wing Commander D Vats died in the helicopter last month.
Ani News reported “#Gujarat: Wreckage of IAF's Jaguar fighter jet that crashed in Kutch's Mundra, the aircraft was on a routine training mission from Jamnagar. The Pilot, Air Cmde Sanjay Chauhan, lost his life in the crash. Court of Inquiry ordered to investigate cause of accident.”
#Gujarat: Wreckage of IAF's Jaguar fighter jet that crashed in Kutch's Mundra, the aircraft was on a routine training mission from Jamnagar. The Pilot, Air Cmde Sanjay Chauhan, lost his life in the crash. Court of Inquiry ordered to investigate cause of accident. pic.twitter.com/bGBiE2L53k— ANI (@ANI) June 5, 2018
The SEPECAT Jaguar is a British-French jet attack aircraft originally used by the British Royal Air Force and the French Air Force in the close air support and nuclear strike role. It is still in service in significantly upgraded form with the Indian Air Force.
The Jaguar is an orthodox single-seat, swept-wing, twin-engine monoplane design, with tall tricycle-type retractable landing gear. In its original configuration, it had a maximum take-off weight in the 15 tonne class; and could manage a combat radius on internal fuel alone of 850 km (530 mi), giving the Jaguar a greater operational range than competitor aircraft such as the Mikoyan MiG-27. The aircraft had hardpoints fitted for an external weapons load of up to 10,000 lb (4,500 kg), typical weapons fitted included the MATRA LR.F2 rocket pod, BAP 100-mm bombs, MATRA AS37 anti-radar missiles, AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles, and Rockeye cluster bombs. The RAF's Jaguars gained several new weapons during the Gulf War, including CRV7 high-velocity rockets and American CBU-87 cluster bombs. Finally, the Jaguar was equipped with either a pair of French DEFA cannons, or alternatively British ADEN cannons.
Cross-channel negotiations led to the formation of SEPECAT ( Société Européenne de Production de l'Avion d'École de Combat et d'Appui Tactique - the "European company for the production of a combat trainer and tactical support aircraft") in 1966 as a joint venture between Breguet and the British Aircraft Corporation to produce the airframe.
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