Jaguar 1A3

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Jaguar 1A3: ATGM carrier


Statistics

ATGM: Euromissile HOT-2 ATGM
Ammunition Stowage: 1 ready/19 stowed
Default Ammunition: 1/19 HOT-2


Anti Aircraft Machine Gun: MG3
Ammunition Stowage: 100 ready/3100 stowed
Default Ammunition: 100/3100 7.62mm AP (NATO)


Grenades: Smoke Grenades
Ammunition Supply: 8 ready/0 stowed
Default Ammunition: 8/0 smoke grenade


Armor protection:
Frontal Turret Armor: N/A
Frontal Hull Armor: Moderate, Spaced
(no information within SB documentation)


Combat Weight: 25.7 tonnes
Length: 6.61m
Width: 3.12m
Height: 1.98 (2.54m with launcher)
Engine Power: 500hp Daimler-Benz MTU MB 837 V8 Diesel
Top Speed: 70kph

General

The Jaguar 1 is an anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) armed tank-destroyer in use by the German Bundeswehr throughout the 1980s. A conversion of the "Raketenjagdpanzer 2" (JPzRak) conducted during the late 1970s and early 1980s, the Jaguar 1 received a spaced add-on armor package and replaced the French SS-11 missile with the HOT (Haut subsonique Optiquement Téléguidé Tiré d'un Tube [High Subsonic Optical Remote-Guided, Tube-Launched]) missile system. Ten years later (1993) the A3 configuration received a second generation thermal imager, making Jaguar 1A3 the first Bundeswehr tank hunter vehicle with both full NBC protection and night combat capability. Although not modeled, the externally similar Jaguar 2, a conversion of the "Kanonenjagdpanzer" (JPzK), was equipped with a TOW missile launcher, which features its own thermal imager, but required the opening a three large roof hatches, rendering it useless under NBC conditions.

The crew compartment of the Jaguar 1A3 contains the driver (front/left), gunner (front/right), commander (center/right), and loader (rear/right) whose job is limited to refilling the eight-round revolver type magazine which otherwise provides a very fast reload time.

A total of 316 Jaguar 1 and 165 Jaguar 2 were built between 1978 and 1985. About one year after the completion of the A3 conversion the Jaguar 1 was phased out of German service (1996). Austria, interested in the HOT missile launchers, received 90 Jaguar 1 vehicles as a freebie (without thermal imagers though, which were procured in 2005). Since 2006 the Austrian Panzerabwehrbataillon 1 is in the process of being dismantled until 2010.

Thermal Signature

Jaguar 1A3 TIS image, front-right Jaguar 1A3 TIS image, rear-left