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Hawker Siddeley Nimrod Military Aircraft

The Hawker Siddeley Nimrod is a RAF maritime patrol aircraft based on a highly modified de Havilland Comet, the most important airframe modification being the fitting of a large fuselage weapons bay. The 49 Nimrods were built and the type was in continuous service with the RAF from October 1969 replacing the old Avro Shackleton in it's Maritime Patrol role, until June 2008.

Hawker Siddeley Nimrod Military Aircraft


The last two variants of the Nimrod to remain in service with the RAF were, the MR2 which was a maritime patrol aircraft (as pictured above), they were retired in May 2011, and the R1 which was a reconnaissance and electronic intelligence gathering aircraft, these were retired in June 2011. It is of note that a later variant, the Nimrod MRA4, was due to enter RAF service in 2010, they were all controversially destroyed in January 2011 due to financial considerations.

Hawker Siddeley Nimrod mr2 Specifications:

  • Crew: 12
  • Capacity: 24 people in total
  • Length: 38.63 m (126 ft 9 in)
  • Wingspan: 35.00 m (114 ft 10 in)
  • Height: 9.45 m (31 ft)
  • Wing area: 197.05 m (2,121 sq ft)
  • Empty weight: 39,009 kg (86,000 lb)
  • Max takeoff weight: 87,090 kg (192,000 lb)
  • Engines: Four 54.09 kN (12,160 lbf) Rolls-Royce Spey turbofans
  • Maximum speed: 923 km/h (575 mph)
  • Cruise speed: 787 km/h (490 mph)
  • Range: 8,340-9,265 km (5,180-5,755 mi)
  • Service ceiling: 13,411 m (44,000 ft)

Possible weapon loads:

  • AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles
  • AGM-84 Harpoon missiles
  • Sting Ray torpedoes
  • nuclear depth charges
  • nuclear depth charges

    RAF Nimrod R1

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    Nimrod R1

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