http://www.thesun.co.uk/article/0,,2-2007190301,00.html A LEGENDARY RAF jet has been scrapped six months early â to save precious defence money. MoD bean counters this week ordered all Jaguar fighter-bombers to be taken out of service at the end of this month, instead of October. It has provoked outrage among Jaguar crews, who were given just a weekâs notice to wrap up all missions. The early disbandment of Jaguars â which have been in use for 33 years and only recently had a multi-million pound upgrade â will mean an RAF shortfall for more than a year. Their replacements, the new Typhoon fleet, wonât be ready for ground attack missions until July 2008. Tory defence spokesman Gerald Howarth said last night: âIâm dismayed. Itâs a waste of money because of its recent upgrade and appalling man-management for the crews.â At the aircraftâs peak, as many as 200 Jaguars flew in eight front-line squadrons. Their finest hour came during the 1991 Gulf War, when the jets carried out hundreds of missions to smash Saddamâs Kuwait invasion. The Jaguars have had to be withdrawn as a stand-by unit for Nato in times of emergency, the MoD said. Group Captain Al Lockwood, former UK spokesman during the 2003 Iraq war, said: âThe Armed Forces are being run by the Treasury now. âWeâre over-stretched, over-committed, and under-resourced. The Jaguar decision is typical â the Government trying to run defence on the cheap.â My bold - sadly how true this is!