|Hawker Siddeley Nimrod|
|Role||Maritime patrol, ELINT, AEW|
|First flight||23 May 1967|
The Hawker Siddeley Nimrod was a maritime patrol aircraft developed and operated by the United Kingdom. It was an extensive modification of the de Havilland Comet, the world’s first operational jet airliner. It was originally designed by de Havilland’s successor firm, Hawker Siddeley; further development and maintenance work was undertaken by Hawker Siddeley’s own successor companies, British Aerospace and BAE Systems, respectively.
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The Hawker Siddeley Nimrod was a maritime patrol aircraft developed and operated by the United Kingdom. It was an extensive modification of the de Havilland Comet, the world’s first jet airliner. It was designed in response to a requirement for a replacement for the ageing Avro Shackleton. The Nimrod entered service in 1969 and retired in 2011 after over 40 years of service.
The Nimrod had a crew of 13 and was equipped with advanced sensors and weapons for anti-submarine warfare (ASW), anti-surface warfare (ASuW), and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions. It could carry up to nine torpedoes, depth charges, or Harpoon anti-ship missiles. It also had a refuelling probe for air-to-air refuelling. The Nimrod had a maximum speed of 575 mph (925 km/h) and a range of 5,755 miles (9,260 km).
The Nimrod was involved in several notable operations, such as the Falklands War, the Gulf War, the Kosovo War, and the War in Afghanistan. It also performed humanitarian and search and rescue missions, such as the Lockerbie bombing and the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. The Nimrod was praised for its versatility and reliability, but also faced criticism for its high cost, delays, and technical problems. The Nimrod was replaced by the Boeing P-8 Poseidon in 2020.
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