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The Nimrod was basically the FAA version of the Fury single-seat interceptor fighter. In general arrangement and construction it was almost identical to the Fury and was fitted with a 440kW Rolls-Royce Kestrel IIS supercharged engine (later replaced by the Kestrel V on Mk IIs). It was, of course, strengthened for catapulting and carried more comprehensive equipment and extra fuel.
The Nimrod, like all other Hawker products of the period, embodied the Hawker-patented system of metal construction, all but the first three stainless steel Mk IIs being built of ordinary steel and duralumin. Apart from simplicity of construction, this system allowed maintenance and repairs, if necessary, to be undertaken by unskilled labour and with the simplest of materials. Armament comprised two forward-firing Vickers machine-guns, plus optional light bombs; equipment included a wireless, oxygen apparatus, hoisting gear and electrical equipment.
A total of 54 Mk Is and 27 Mk IIs were produced for the FAA, plus a handful for export to Japan, Denmark and Portugal.