India and France are currently holding key negotiations on the sale of 30 retired Jaguar Strike Fighter Jets from the French Air Force reserve. France has already decommissioned the SEPECAT Jaguars from its Air Force.
The negotiations underway are to buy 30 of these formidable fighter jets in as it is condition condition from France and the Indian Air Force plans to use the 30 Jaguar Jets for spares to maintain its current Jaguar fleet.
France has made it clear that making the 30 retired Jaguar Fighter Jets capable of flying is out of question. India can only use the 30-odd jets for its spare parts like air frames, tail section, landing gear, etc.
The IAF has undertaken a major task of upgrading its current fleet of Jaguar Strike Jets to ‘DARIN III’ standard. The program involves upgrading the jets with modern avionics, AESA Radar, Digital Cockpit and Advance Weaponry thus making them more advance than the F-16s used by Pakistan.
The IAF plans to use its fleet of upgraded twin-engine 60 Jaguar Jets for another approximately twenty years.