The Nimrod Advanced Laser-Guided Missile System (N/ALGMS) has been developed by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) as a private venture for both ground- and air-launched use, and was tailored to the Israel Defence Force's operational needs as an anti-tank weapon. In IDF service the missile is known as the Mikhol. Little is known of the Nimrod's development, and its existence was virtually unknown until it was shown at the Paris Air Show in 1989. The Nimrod has also been designed to attack armoured vehicles, parked aircraft, SAM sites and troop concentrations. It was also being offered as a lightweight coastal defence weapon. An unconfirmed report in 1990 stated that the development and flight trials had been financed by a potential overseas export customer, but the customer has not been identified. A ground-launched version is also believed to be in service in Israel, with four launch containers mounted in an open back four-wheeled Jeep-type vehicle, or with 16 containers mounted on a converted AMX-13 tracked vehicle chassis. IAI has gone on to develop a dual-mode laser and GPS-guided extended range version of the missile, dubbed Nimrod 2.
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Nimrod is transonic in operation and is powered all the way to the target. The gunner preselects the flight trajectory mode. This can be direct trajectory, high cruising trajectory or low cruising trajectory, the cruising altitude being constant and between 300 and 1,500 m. Mid-course guidance is provided by an integral inertial platform, and terminal guidance by a semi-active laser homing seeker for the last 15 to 30 seconds of missile flight. The target can be illuminated either by a ground-based or airborne laser designator.
The gimballed and stabilised seeker head acquires, tracks and homes in on its target using localised proportional navigation. It is said to have a look angle of more than 30°. The seeker has a search area of 5 km in width and 5 km in depth. In the terminal flight phase the weapon adopts a dive angle of approximately 45° to impact the armoured target on its vulnerable upper surfaces.
The missile is stored in a sealed canister which also acts as the launcher. Total weight of the missile and canister is 150 kg. It has five main sections: seeker, guidance and control, warhead, solid propellant rocket motor and servo. It is roll-stabilised in flight. Time to come into action at a launch site is less than 3 minutes without the site having to be surveyed for alignment or levelling, or with a direct line of sight to the target. The weapon can be fired in single-round, ripple or salvo modes.
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