Nimrod Mk II

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This page is about the British naval fighter Nimrod Mk II. For the other version, see Nimrod Mk I.
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Nimrod Mk II
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The Nimrod Mk II is a rank I British naval fighter with a battle rating of 1.0 (AB/RB/SB). It has been in the game since the start of the Open Beta Test prior to Update 1.27.

The Nimrod Mk II is a rank I plane for Britain. It is a biplane with 2 x 7.7 mm Vickers machine guns. The main difference between it and the Mk. I is the slightly swept wing and more powerful engine. It is statistically on par with most other Reserve planes of all countries and eras. Climb rate, turn rate, roll rate, and acrobatic ability are superb, mostly due to the Nimrod being a biplane.

The Nimrod is basically a point-and-shoot aircraft in arcade battle. It is intended mainly for beginners with little to no experience in War Thunder. Being a biplane, the Nimrod is very forgiving and thus is very flexible in techniques and tactics. Turn rate provides players with a thrilling beginning in Arcade, and the roll rate and climb rate provides for some interesting acrobatics with the Nimrod. Armament, naturally, is very weak. The 2 x 7.7 mm Vickers are only effective when used to snipe pilots. Against bombers the Vickers MGs are useless.

Although RB puts things into a bigger perspective, the Nimrod plays very similarly to Arcade. Point and shoot and turning are most common with biplanes such as the Nimrod. Endurance is very good given the high ammunition count, and turn, roll, and climb rates are very good. RB with the Nimrod is a great first taste of actual RB play with more specialised planes.

SB with the Nimrod provides a great chance to have the first taste of Simulator Battles. The open cockpit provides beginners with a thrilling experience in the skies, and of course, mechanics are identical to RB. Especially the gun sight provides unique gameplay for beginners.

Overall, the Nimrod provides a pleasurable beginning experience for players who have recently begun the game.

General info

Flight performance

Arrestor gear
Accelerates braking by grabbing the brake cable on the deck of the aircraft carrier
Max speed
at 4 100 m394 km/h
Turn time15 s
Max altitude8 100 m
EngineRolls-Royce Kestrel VFP
Cooling systemWater
Take-off weight2 t
Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 4,100 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
Stock 377 354 8100 16.6 18.3 7.6 7.6 232
Upgraded 412 394 15.8 16.0 29.5 15.7


Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wings (km/h) Gear (km/h) Flaps (km/h) Max Static G
Combat Take-off Landing + -
600 600 N/A N/A N/A ~11 ~5
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 260 < 200 < 300 > 200

Survivability and armour

Crew1 person
Speed of destruction
Structural600 km/h
Gear600 km/h

This aircraft is vulnerable, as there is no armour protection for any of the modules. All the modules are focused towards the front of the plane.

  • No armour protection
  • Self-sealing fuel tanks

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB110 → 137 Sl icon.png
RB220 → 275 Sl icon.png
SB180 → 225 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications2 960 Rp icon.png
910 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost190 Ge icon.png
Crew training200 Sl icon.png
Experts1 000 Sl icon.png
Aces20 Ge icon.png
Research Aces96 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
10 / 30 / 40 % Sl icon.png
100 / 100 / 100 % Rp icon.png
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
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Fuselage repair
200 Rp icon.png
60 Sl icon.png
40 Ge icon.png
Mods radiator.png
200 Rp icon.png
60 Sl icon.png
40 Ge icon.png
Mods compressor.png
220 Rp icon.png
70 Sl icon.png
40 Ge icon.png
Mods aerodinamic wing.png
Wings repair
370 Rp icon.png
110 Sl icon.png
70 Ge icon.png
Mods new engine.png
370 Rp icon.png
110 Sl icon.png
70 Ge icon.png
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Engine injection
480 Rp icon.png
150 Sl icon.png
90 Ge icon.png
Mods armor frame.png
220 Rp icon.png
70 Sl icon.png
40 Ge icon.png
Mods armor cover.png
480 Rp icon.png
150 Sl icon.png
90 Ge icon.png
Mods ammo.png
200 Rp icon.png
60 Sl icon.png
40 Ge icon.png
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220 Rp icon.png
70 Sl icon.png
40 Ge icon.png


Offensive armament

Ammunition1 200 rounds
Fire rate900 shots/min
Main article: Vickers E (7.7 mm)

The Nimrod Mk II is armed with:

  • 2 x 7.7 mm Vickers E machine guns, nose-mounted (600 rpg = 1,200 total)

Usage in battles

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Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Controllable Not controllable
Not auto controlled
Not controllable
Not auto controlled
Not auto controlled
Combined Not controllable
1 gear
Not controllable

Pros and cons


  • Fantastic turn rate
  • Good climb rate
  • Great roll rate
  • Good endurance


  • Low speed
  • Low service ceiling
  • Extremely weak armament
  • Weak durability


In-game description

The Hawker Nimrod was a carrier-borne, biplane fighter which entered service with Britain's Fleet Air Arm in 1931. By 1934, full-scale production of Nimrod Mk I fighters was replaced by that of Mk II fighters. All Nimrod Mk IIs were fitted with an arrestor hook for carrier operations, their wings were modified with a slight sweep back and tail surfaces were slightly larger than those of the Nimrod Mk I. The powerplant was also improved in the Mk II; a 608 hp Rolls-Royce Kestrel V liquid cooled, in-line engine replaced the earlier 590 hp engine. Only 30 Nimrod Mk IIs were build for service in the Fleet Air Arm, although many of the Mk Is were updated to Mk II standard.

Hawker Aircraft Ltd failed to receive significant export orders for the Nimrod; only four machines were sent abroad, including one supplied to Japan, one to Portugal, and two to Denmark. The Danish fighters were known as the Nimrodderne.

In 1933, the Fleet Air Arm's units were reorganized. Independent flights were combined into Squadrons, which were numbered from 800 up. Hawker Nimrod fighters were in service with No. 800 (HMS Courageous), 801 (HMS Furious) and 802 (HMS Glorious) Squadrons, with two flights of nine Nimrods in each. The command structure again saw change following the 1937 Inskip Report, when naval aviation was handed back from the Royal Air Force to the Royal Navy, and Britain's Nimrods became the property of the Admiralty.

The Hawker Nimrod fighter was replaced in first-line units by the Gloster Sea Gladiator and the Blackburn Skua before the start of World War II. Nimrods continued to be operated as training and liaison aircraft until July 1941, by which time they had long been considered obsolete and were taken out of service. The Danish Nimroddernes were used until the German invasion in April 1940, but did not see combat against the Luftwaffe.



See also

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