Hawker Siddeley NIMROD MR.1

The Nimrod MR.1 ASW aircraft began its career in 1964 when two Comet 4C passenger aircrafts were transformed and became the “Hawker Siddeley 801“. With these prototypes, it wanted to cover the need to replace their old maritime patrol Avro Shackeltons of the RAF Coastal Command with a completely new model. A magnetic anomaly detector (MAD) and a search radar were located under the nose, an electronic warfare equipment (ESM) was put on the tail, and also a big internal weapons bay under the cockpit was installed. The RAF ordered 46 aircraft to be operated by five squadrons that progresively entered service from 1969 onwards. After RAF’s retirement from Malta, 11 aircraft were left as surplus, and it was planned that 5 will remain with the RAF and the rest will return to the manufacturer for testing. Finally 10 of the surplus aircrafts were discarded, leaving only one for instructional tasks. In 1975 all Nimrod MR.1 were modified to the Nimrod MR.2 version of better performances.

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Country of origin

United Kingdom


Hawker Siddeley


Anti-submarine – Maritime patrol aircraft

Entered service




Combat weight

87,091 kg

Dimensions (length x wingspan x height)

38.63 x 35.00 x 9.06 meters

Wing area

197 m2

Power plant

4 x Rolls-Royce RB.168-20 Spey Mk.250, 54 kN each

Power, (total)

216 kN (115,344 hp)


Max. 926 km/h – Cruise 787 km/h – Patrol, economic with 2 engines only 370 km/h

Ceiling, (maximum)

12,800 meters


9,266 km or 12 hours autonomy


Internal bay and 2 underwings hardpoints for 6,124 kg of torpedoes, missiles and bombs


Type: Mk.46 – Stingray


Unguided type: WE.177A nuclear depth bomb – B.57 nuclear depth bomb

Air-to-air missiles

Type: AIM.9 Sidewinder

Air-to-surface missiles

Type: AGM.65 Maverick – Martel – Nord AS.12

Anti-ship missiles

Type: AGM.84 Harpoon