Nimrod (missile)

Nimrod is a long-range air-to-surface and surface-to-surface missile developed by Israel Aerospace Industries. While primarily designed for anti-tank use, it provides standoff strike capability against a variety of point targets such as APCs, ships, bunkers, personnel concentrations and guerrillas.

Nimrod has a semi-active laser guidance system, capable of day and night operation. Its flight trajectory can be set below obscuring cloud layers, while a forward scouting team uses a laser designator to direct it from up to 26 km behind.

Nimrod may be installed on a variety of towed launchers, light combat vehicle launchers, helicopters, and fixed-wing aircraft. The primary helicopter launch platform for the Nimrod in the Israel Defense Forces is a modified CH-53 helicopter; this is not only due to the relatively large size and weight of the Nimrod missile, but because the CH-53 is a common delivery vehicle for Israeli special operations teams. The launching vehicle or aircraft may fire up to 4 Nimrods at once from a single pack.

Currently two versions of Nimrod exist:

  • Long Range, Dual Mode Missile – NIMROD 2 A dual mode Laser/GPS Homing missile, the Nimrod 2 has a range of 36 km and features a mobile launcher. The warhead is 14 kg, and the missile can support various warheads for a variety of targets.
  • Long Range, Dual Mode Missile – NIMROD 3 A dual mode Laser/GPS Homing missile, the Nimrod 3 has a range of 10-50 km and can support various warheads for a wide range of targets. It also has a mobile launcher.

Current operators:
  • Israel
  • Colombia

Nimrod (missile)
Class Missile
Type Air to Surface
Manufacturer Israel Aerospace Industries
Origin Israel
Country Name Origin Year
Israel 2012
ManufacturerName Production From Production To Quantity
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  • Effective range: 300 - 36,000 meters
  • Length: 265 cm
  • Diameter: 170 mm
  • Body: 18 cm
  • Span 40 cm
  • Weight: 100 kg
  • Speed: ~2000 km/h Or Mach 0.8
  • Propulsion: Single stage solid rocket motor
  • Guidance: Semi-Active Laser Homing
  • Warhead: HEAT, Fragmentation-HE, Thermobaric, Anti Personnel Munition

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