Rampage Missiles inducted by Indian Air Force, Navy; Boost to long-range precision strikes

The Indian Air Force (IAF) has significantly bolstered its air combat capabilities with the induction of the Rampage long-range supersonic air-to-ground missiles.

These missiles, capable of striking targets at approximately 250 kilometers, have been integrated into the IAF’s fleet of Russian-origin aircraft, including the Su-30 MKI and MiG-29 fighters, as well as the Jaguar fighter jets.

Boost to Indian Navy’s Firepower

Not limited to the IAF, the Indian Navy has also welcomed the Rampage missiles into its arsenal, particularly for the MiG-29K naval fighter jets.

This addition enhances the navy’s capability to engage and neutralize high-value targets such as communication centers and radar stations.

Procurement Under Emergency Powers

The procurement of the Rampage missiles was part of the emergency powers granted by the Defence Ministry to the armed forces, enabling them to equip themselves with critical weapons and equipment following the 2020 standoff with China.

These missiles offer a longer range than the Spice-2000s, which were used in the Balakot air strikes in 2019.

Integration with Su-30 MKI and Future Prospects

The successful integration of the Rampage missiles with the Su-30 MKI has significantly enhanced the Russian aircraft fleet’s firepower.

This integration allows for the firing of multiple long-range air-to-ground missiles, including the BrahMos supersonic missiles with a strike range of over 400 kilometers.

Furthermore, the IAF is considering the possibility of producing the Rampage missiles under the Make in India program, potentially leading to their large-scale induction.

Other Recent Developments

In addition to the Rampage missiles, the IAF recently tested the ROCKS (Crystal Maze-2) missile in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands territory.

This air-launched ballistic missile successfully hit its target in trials conducted approximately a fortnight ago, showcasing the IAF’s commitment to enhancing its capabilities through the acquisition of cutting-edge weaponry.

About the Rampage Missile

The Rampage missile is a long-range, supersonic, air-to-ground, seekerless, precision strike missile developed by Israel Aerospace Industries and Israeli Military Industries Systems.

It is designed for missions aimed at destroying high-quality, well-protected targets such as communication and command centers, air force bases, maintenance centers, and infrastructure.

Key Features of the Rampage Missile:

Length: 4.7 meters (15.4 feet)

Weight: 570 kilograms

Speed: Supersonic, making it difficult to intercept

Range: Over 190 miles

Payload: 150 kilograms of explosives

Warhead: Blast fragmentation or general-purpose

Guidance: GPS/INS navigation with anti-jamming capabilities

Weather Capability: Operates in any weather conditions, day or night

The induction of the Rampage missiles into the IAF and Indian Navy marks a significant advancement in India’s defense capabilities, further strengthening its ability to protect its sovereignty and national interests.

Source: https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/defence/indian-air-force-navy-fighter-aircraft-fleets-get-rampage-missile-boost/articleshow/109649040.cms

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