Jaguars, a potent weapon of the Indian Air Force, now equipped with a new onboard mission computer, have become more lethal as the Force observes the silver jubilee of their induction this year.
"The new mission computer will help integrate onboard systems of the aircraft making flying easier for the pilots," Air Commodore L K Malhotra, AOC, at the Ambala Air Force Station told reporters here.
The new addition will the Jaguars a more lethal force of the Air Force, he said.
Inducted into the Air Force on July 27, 1979, Jaguar was the first deep penetration strike aircraft in the region giving the country an edge over its neighbours in air capability.
The aircraft has played key role in the Kargil war in 1999 and Operation Parakram in 2002 and has proved its worth in Operation Cooperative Cope Thunder, a multi-national air exercise in Alaska earlier this year.
The Jaguars will be a key attraction at the Air Force Day parade fly-past on Friday, where the supersonic aircraft will fly in an arrowhead formation and also be refuelled mid-air by the Ilyushin 78 tanker aircraft.
The Jaguar, on its induction, added a new dimension to air operations in the sub-continent. Its reach and accuracy was a matter of concern to our adversaries, especially due to its capability to strike in all kinds of weather by day and by night.