Britain and Oman have signed a £40m deal to upgrade the Gulf state’s Jaguar combat aircraft to a new RAF standard.
Companies which will benefit from the work, to be locally performed by Omani air force personnel, include British Aerospace, GEC Marconi, Hunting Aviation and Ultra Electronics.
Oman originally ordered 24 Jaguars from BAe in the 1980s. There are 15 to 20 survivors, which will be modernised to the RAF’s new ‘Jaguar ’97’ standard, developed by the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency at Boscombe Down, Wiltshire.
The upgrade includes the GEC-Marconi Thermal Imaging and Laser Designator, which guides bombs to target. Prototype Tialds were successfully used during the 1991 Gulf War.
Other equipment includes avionics and a new navigation system.