Source : Indian Defence Updates (IDU)
|Israeli Nimrod Long Range Air to Surface Missile / Anti-Tank Guided Missile|
The Heron drones operated by Indian Armed Forces, will soon get the Israeli Nimrod long-range air-to-surface missile developed by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) which is a 50 kilometers range Semi-Active, Laser-guided, Anti-Tank Guided Missile that will provide standoff strike capability against a variety of targets such as Armored Personnel Carriers (APC), ships and bunkers.
Nimrod missile is transonic in flight, with a velocity of approximately Mach 0.8, and capable of approaching the target on a flat or lofted trajectory (a low arc in flight, which is likely being the main reason it has such a long range). It is rated to be effective against targets as far away as 26 km, but no closer than 300 m, as the warhead will not arm quickly enough. In the terminal phase of flight, the missile enters as 45° dive onto the target.
The warhead of the Nimrod missile is a 14 kg (15 kg according to some sources) shaped charge munition, reportedly capable of penetrating over 800 mm of steel armor.