THE RAMPAGE: SUPERSONIC MISSILE DEVELOPED TO DESTROY HIGH QUALITY TARGETS

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  1. Alien

    Alien Regular Member

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    The missile can be fitted to the Israel Air Force’s F-15, F-16 and F-35 fighter jets and is meant to be dropped outside areas protected by air-defense systems.

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    Rampage missile fired from a fighter jet. (photo credit: IAI)


    With tensions still high between Israel and Iran, a new supersonic air-to-surface missile designed for the annihilation of high-quality targets has been developed by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and Israel Military Industry Systems (IMI).

    Dubbed “The Rampage” after a popular video-game, it is an accurate supersonic, long-range air-to-ground assault missile with a warhead, rocket engine and advanced navigation suit which allows for precision targeting at a very low mission cost compared to existing solutions.

    The missile can be fitted to the Israel Air Force’s F-15, F-16 and F-35 fighter jets and is meant to be fired into areas protected by air-defense systems.

    Amit Haimovich, director of marketing and business development for IAI’s Malam engineering unit told The Jerusalem Post that due to the combination of the Rampage’s speed and physical form, “it can be detected, but it is very hard to intercept.

    “If you take the Middle East arena and areas protected by air-defense systems, the whole point of this missile is that it can hit targets within standoff ranges” without threatening the launching platform, he said.

    The 4.7-meter-long missile, which weighs 570 kg., is guided by a GPS system giving it the ability to operate in all weather conditions as well as during the day or night.

    According to Haimovich, once the Rampage is launched, it flies toward predefined coordinates, shaping its trajectory to hit the target according to its nature. The missile, he said, does not have a “pure ballistic trajectory which adds to its ability to penetrate any defended target.”

    The targets that best fit the capabilities of the missile include communication and command centers, air force bases, maintenance centers, infrastructures and valuable field targets protected by anti-aircraft batteries.

    The Rampage also features a warhead which was designed for optimal penetration, allowing for the destruction of targets inside bunkers.

    Boaz Levy, general manager and executive VP of IAI’s Rockets and Space Group, said in a statement that the Rampage “is an important product that fulfills a true operational need in a very efficient way. IMI and IAI have invested a great deal of thought in developing this product, which reflects the extensive technological know-how and experience of both companies, with a price tag which is attractive and relevant for all global markets.”


    “IMI Systems and IAI are proud to unveil a response to the challenges of modern battlefields. The Rampage joins a family of accurate rockets which we have been providing to advanced militaries for years,” said Eli Reiter, manager of IMI Systems firepower division.

    “Rampage complements the air response with a quantum leap in performance and extraordinary cost-effectiveness ratio, two factors which are important to many air forces around the world.”

    Haimovich told the Post that IAI already has a buyer for the Rampage but could not reveal its identity.

    The announcement of the Rampage comes as tensions on Israel’s northern borders remain high, with the IDF continuing to step up its cross-border strikes on Iranian targets in Syria.

    Israel has been “managing a campaign against Iranian forces, especially on Israel’s northern border” for the past two years, IAF Commander Maj.-Gen. Amikam Norkin said in late May, just weeks after the air force carried out the most extensive operation in Syria since 1974, striking over 50 Iranian targets following a missile barrage of 32 Fajr-5 and Grad missiles toward Israel’s front-defensive line in the Golan Heights.

    In an operation called “House of Cards,” dozens of positions and targets belonging to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corp’s Quds Force in Syria – including the launcher used to fire the rockets into Israel’s Golan Heights – were destroyed within 90 minutes by the IAF and the Northern Command.

    Despite destroying a large amount of Iranian military hardware in the war-torn country, a senior IAF officer said last month that Iran still has long-range capabilities to strike Israel, which has continued to strike targets in Syria.

    “The Iranian resolve in the region continues, and we keep operating,” he said, stressing that: “We have maintained our freedom of action over Syria.”


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  3. Alien

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    Israel reportedly used new supersonic Rampage missiles during airstrikes in Syria

    The Israeli Air Force is reportedly successfully used new supersonic Rampage stand-off air-to-surface missiles for the firі time during a recent airstrike on Syrian military positions.

    Israel has reportedly conducted a number of strikes on sites around Masyaf in the predawn hours of Saturday morning. Satellite imagery analysis company ImageSat confirmed that Israel targeted the base in Masyaf.

    A large hangar and three nearby buildings were destroyed in the attack on the facility, near the city of Masyaf in the western Hama province, according to the satellite images analyzed and distributed by ImageSat International.

    Some sources, included a military analyst Babak Taghvaee, have reported that Israeli Air Force could use for the first time its newest supersonic missile, called the Rampage. A new supersonic air-to-surface missile designed for the annihilation of high-quality targets has been developed by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and Israel Military Industry Systems (IMI).

    The new missile is an accurate supersonic, long-range air-to-ground assault missile with a warhead, rocket engine and advanced navigation suit which allows for precision targeting at a very low mission cost compared to existing solutions.

    Early, Boaz Levy, General Manager and Executive Vice President of IAI’s Rockets and Space Group told Jane’s that: Rampage is a supersonic all-weather day/night ASM with a stand-off range of 100s of kilometers.

    Among the missile features are its ability to control and monitor the extent of its shrapnel, which will make its strike surgical, accurate and with minimum collateral damage despite the fact the missile spends a lot of time in the air from the minute it is launched until it strikes its target.

    The missile adjusted to all offense platforms including the Israeli air force F-15, F-16 and F-35 fighter jets and should be used against anti-aircraft batteries, enemy’s headquarters, armament storages, and logistic bases among others.

    #Israel Air Force successfully used #Rampage for first time. Due to the danger of #Syria Air Defense Force’s S-300PM-2s, #Israel Air Force had to use the rocket to target a rocket/ ballistic missile factory + weapon warehouses of #IRGC proxies in #Masyaf, #Syria on 13/04/2019: https://t.co/4YjD7ySZ5O

    — Babak Taghvaee (@BabakTaghvaee) 14 April 2019


     
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    angeldude13 Lestat De Lioncourt Senior Member

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    During the recent aerial engagement b/w IAF and PAF I realized air defence systems are overrated.
    You don't need stealth to evade them as anything that is supersonic and agile will defeat them especially in case of India and Pakistan where response time is just few minutes.
    The only version of Nirbhay that we will use on Napakis is Naval version.

    I think we should concentrate more on Hypersonic and Supersonic platforms for our beloved Napakis.
     
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  5. Alien

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    Absolutely.

    We have Shaurya which is a surface to surface missile, not sure, if it's being produced serially. We need Air to surface version of Shaurya. Any idea if that's being planned or under development?
     
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    sthf Senior Member Senior Member

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    You want a 6-7 ton missile to be fired from an aircraft? :dude:
     
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    did I mention the weight? I said, we need air launched version!
     
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    sthf Senior Member Senior Member

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    Shaurya weighs >6 tons and 10 meters in length. What the hell do you mean by an air launched version of Shaurya?
     
  9. Alien

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    Modify Shaurya... make it compatible to fit that on to a fighter jet, reduce weight and length. It's a wishful thinking.

    Now don't say that, it's impossible as if you are the DRDO lead designer who owns the patent of Shaurya. It might be impossible right now but we never know when something actually materializes in future.
     
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    You are right. What was I thinking? My apologies.

    But you gave me a better idea. We should miniaturize Agni-V to make it man-portable with a baby nuke warhead and hand them over to every IA infantry section. Something similar to this I once saw in a documentary about arachnids.



    Wishful thinking I know but maybe some lead designer in DRDO can come up with it in the future.
     
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  11. Armand2REP

    Armand2REP CHINI EXPERT Veteran Member

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    Far too big to fit in the weapon bays of F-35 so rather useless in a world of stealth fighters. Only the SCAF will have bays long enough to hold something like that and it will be carrying hypersonic missiles.
     

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