|Nimrod MRA4 Aircraft|
MRA4 Aircraft looks similar to the MR2, only the basic fuselage shell is shared between the two aircraft and the MRA4 will have completely new systems and a new, longer wing carrying advanced Rolls-Royce Deutschland (RRD) BR710 turbofan engines. The engines are 30% more fuel-efficient and 25% more powerful than the Rolls-Royce Spey 250 engines they replace. The aircraft’s maximum weight has increased from around 87 tonnes to approximately 104 tonnes and it can fly for longer periods than its predecessor with a bigger payload in both weapons and sensors.
The Nimrod MRA4 will have a multi-tasking role, which will include its main roles of anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface unit warfare, maritime reconnaissance and search and rescue but, in addition, it will be used in law enforcement tasks including anti-smuggling and anti-gun-running operations, fisheries protection and counter-terrorism duties.
The MRA4 operating crew will consist of two pilots and eight mission crew members operating new stateof- the-art radar, electronic and acoustic sensor systems. The new flight deck is an all-glass cockpit, which incorporates many of the systems, displays and integrated avionics developed for the Airbus series of civil airliners. There are a total of seven liquid-crystal, full colour displays - the seventh display presents tactical information fed from the sensor bays for use by the pilots. The aircraft navigation system incorporates an interfaced navigation computer and flight management computer, which automatically controls the aircraft using a laser inertial navigation system and two global-positioning systems.
|Nimrod MRA4 Aircraft Anti Unit Warfare|