Societe Europeene de Production de I'Avion Ecole de Combat et d'Appui Tactique
An Anglo-French company, SEPECAT formed May 1966 by Breguet Aviation and British Aircraft Corporation to design and produce the high-subsonic Jaguar twin-jet strike fighter/trainer; current operating companies are British Aerospace and Dassault Aviation. Prototype first flew September 1968 and production Jaguars began equipping the French Armee de I'Air in 1972, followed by the RAF in 1974. Versions became Jaguar A as the French single-seat tactical support aircraft; Jaguar B as the British two-seat operational trainer (original RAF designation Jaguar I Mk 2); Jaguar E as the French two-seat trainer; Jaguar S as the RAF single-seat tactical support aircraft; and Jaguar International as the more-powerful export version. Production ended in Europe in 1985 after delivery of 12 Internationals to Ecuador, 200 to France, 40 Internationals to India, 18 Internationals to Nigeria, 24 Internationals to Oman, and 203 to the RAF. In addition, International was also put into assembly/production by HAL in India as the Shamsher, 91 being delivered to the Indian Air Force for various roles, including maritime strike, by close of production in 1998.