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Nimrod AEW3

This airborne early warning aircraft was developed from the Nimrod MR2 which was developed from the Comet airliner. All three of which can be similarly recognized, although the AEW has the bulbous nose and tail boom that houses radar equipment. Manufacturing AEW aircraft is extremely challenging. Britain, for example, found it too challenging, and canceled its Nimrod AEW program in favor of purchasing US systems. This indigenously developed aircraft was passed over in favor of acquisition of the E-3D AWACS by the Royal Air Force.

Specifications

Country of Origin UK
Builder
Role
Similar AircraftNimrod, P-3C Orion
Wing Span 114 ft, 8 in (35 m)
Length 126 ft, 7 in (38.6 m)
Height
Weight
Engine 4 Rolls-Royce Spey 25
Maximum speed926 Km/h
Cruising speed 370 Km/h
Range
Service Ceiling
Armament
Crew Twelve
Cost
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