Nimrod Mk II

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Nimrod Mk II
General characteristics
1 personCrew
1.8 tTake-off weight
0.33 kg/sBurst mass
Flight characteristics
8 100 mCeiling
Rolls-Royce Kestrel VFPEngine
waterCooling system
Speed of destruction
600 km/hStructural
600 km/hGear
Offensive armament
2 x 7.7 mm Vickers E machine gunWeapon 1
1 200 roundsAmmunition
900 shots/minFire rate
2 900 Rp icon.pngResearch
700 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png210 / 262/280 / 349/120 / 149Repair
200 Sl icon.pngCrew training
1 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
20 Ge icon.pngAces
100 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
140 % Sl icon.png50 % Sl icon.png20 % Sl icon.png
This page is about the British naval fighter Nimrod Mk II. For other version, see Nimrod Mk. I.


GarageImage Nimrod Mk II.jpg

The Nimrod Mk II is a rank I reserve British naval fighter with a battle rating of 1.0 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced into the game sometime prior to Update 1.27.

The Nimrod Mk.II is a rank I plane for Britain. It is a biplane with 2 7.7mm 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 7.7mm Vickers is 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 specialized planes.

SB with the Nimrod provides a great chance to have the first taste of simulatory 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

Max Speed
(km/h at 4,100 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
378 376 8 100 16.8 17.6 13.5 12.0 232
Max Speed
(km/h at 4,100 m)
Max altitude (meters) Turn time (seconds) Rate of climb
Take-off run (meters)
405 394 8 100 15.2 16.0 15.7 15.7 232


Combat flap Take-off flap Landing flap Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wing-break speed
Gear limit
Combat flap
Max Static G
+ -
600 600 N/A ~14 ~14
Optimal velocities
< 320 < 320 < 360 > 200
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
1,600 m 608 hp N/A
Setting 2
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
3,500 m 559 hp N/A

Survivability and armour

  • No armour plating
  • No armour glazing
  • Critical components located at the front of aircraft (fuel, pilot, engine, controls)


Offensive armament

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 the battles

Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Controllable Not controllable Not controllable Not controllable combined Controllable Controllable


Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage Repair Radiator
II Compressor Airframe
III Wings Repair Engine
IV Engine Injection Cover

Pros and cons


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


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


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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 built 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.


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Fury  Fury Mk I · Fury Mk II
Nimrod  Nimrod Mk I · Nimrod Mk II
Gladiator  Gladiator Mk II · Tuck's Gladiator Mk II · Gladiator Mk IIF · Gladiator Mk IIS
Sea Gladiator  Sea Gladiator Mk I
Hurricane  Hurricane Mk I/L · Hurricane Mk IIB/Trop · Hurricane Mk IV
Sea Hurricane  Sea Hurricane Mk IB · Sea Hurricane Mk IC
Spitfire (early-Merlin)  Spitfire Mk Ia · Spitfire Mk IIa · Spitfire Mk.IIa Venture I · Spitfire Mk IIb · Spitfire Mk Vb/trop · Spitfire Mk Vb · Spitfire Mk Vc/trop · Spitfire Mk Vc
Spitfire (late-Merlin)  Spitfire F  Mk IX · Spitfire LF Mk IX · Spitfire F Mk IXc · Plagis' Spitfire LF Mk IXc · Spitfire F Mk XVI
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Seafire  Seafire F Mk XVII · Seafire FR 47
Typhoon  Typhoon Mk Ia · Typhoon Mk Ib · Typhoon Mk Ib/L
Tempest  Tempest Mk II · Tempest Mk V · Tempest Mk V (Vickers P)
Sea Fury  Sea Fury FB 11
Other  MB.5 · Firecrest · Wyvern S4
Foreign aircraft  Australia: ▄Boomerang Mk I · ▄Boomerang Mk II
  France: ▄D.520 · ▄D.521
  USA: ▄Hellcat Mk II · ▄Mustang Mk IA · ▄Corsair F Mk II · Martlet Mk IV