An Indian Air Force (IAF) trainer Jaguar aircraft today crashed over Pokhran in Rajasthan. Both pilots ejected safely and a court of inquiry has been ordered into the incident. According to the IAF, the aircraft was on a routine training sortie at the time of the incident. Defence spokesperson Lt Col Manish Ojha has said, that the incident occurred in the area which is near the Indo-Pak border.
The trainer Jaguar aircraft is believed to have crashed after developing a technical snag. Further details are awaited. The Jaguar aircraft, is a deep strike fighter plane. It is capable of carrying nuclear payload. The in service Jaguar (non-trainer) has a max. speed of 1350 km /hr (Mach 1.3). It has two 30mm guns and can carry two R-350 Magic CCMs (overwing) alongwith 4750 kg of external stores (bombs/fuel).