Eli Reiter, manager at IMI Systems, said in the press release that "Rampage complements the air response with a quantum leap in performance and an extraordinary cost-benefit ratio, two factors that are of interest to many air forces around the world." The companies were especially keen to note how competitive the rocket is from a cost point of view and claim that it costs only about a third of what missiles with similar options are priced. The companies have also built the rocket so that it can be mounted on the widest range of aircraft around the world.
Israel will shortly have a new precision-guided supersonic descent rocket for its F-35 & # 39; s and other jet fighters.
The new rocket was announced on June 11 in a press release from two leading Israeli defense companies, Israeli Military Industries Systems (IMI Systems) and Israel Aerospace Industries, who jointly developed the rocket. The so-called Rampage rocket is an accurately guided, air-launched distance ship with a range of approximately 90 miles (145 kilometers). With a length of 4.7 meters the Rampage weighs 570 kilograms. According to press reports, it will carry a warhead of about 150 kilograms.
(This first appeared a few months ago)
"The Rampage offers optimal penetration possibilities in protected areas", according to the companies in the press release. "The goals that best suit the capabilities of the new missile include communication and command centers, air bases, maintenance centers, infrastructures and valuable field targets that are protected by anti-air systems." The ability to achieve difficult goals seems to come from a combination of different characteristics. If IHS Jane & # 39; s explains, these include the speed of the rocket and its ability to be programmed to fly on different routes that confuse air defense systems, especially if the defense systems have to struggle with many different missiles.
Meanwhile, the ability of the Rampage to destroy specific targets is due not only to the size of its warhead, but also to its accuracy. Although the companies have not exactly indicated how accurate the rocket is – according to a report, this is measured in centimeters – they have revealed that it uses a GPS system. In addition, the Rampage has a navigation system based on a back-up algorithm in case opponents block or disrupt the rocket's GPS. Further, according to YNet News , an Israeli news broadcast, the rocket will have two different warheads, "with the first designed to penetrate armored targets, such as bunkers and people who are immune to shrapnel."
The ride notes that Rampage is an adapted version of the artillery rocket launched by the Israeli Military Industries Industries on the ground with Extended Range Artillery (EXTRA). "There seem to be only minimal changes to the external design of the weapon for the air-launched role, namely the addition of a reinforced portion of the central body with the fastening lugs," Joseph Trevithick wrote The ride . One of the other agreements with EXTRA is the range of Rampage and the use of the GPS-assisted inertial navigation system. Trevithick also points out that Russia has recently made an air-launched version of his Iskander rocket on the ground, which he calls the Kinzhal. That is why he is wondering if this is "the beginning of a trend to turn established guided missile artillery and similar systems into advantageous aircraft distance weapons".
The Rampage missile has been tested in the past year in cooperation with the Israeli Air Force (IAF). Although it is said to be further tested, the rocket is expected to go into production shortly and may already be ready next year. Although it is almost certain that the IAF will buy the rocket, the Israeli military industry systems and Israel Aerospace Industries are hoping to attract significant interest from foreign military services. Eli Reiter, manager at IMI Systems, said in the press release that "Rampage complements the air response with a quantum leap in performance and an extraordinary cost-benefit ratio, two factors that are of interest to many air forces around the world." The companies were especially keen to note how competitive the rocket is from a cost point of view and claim that it costs only about a third of what missiles with similar options are priced. The companies have also built the rocket so that it can be mounted on the widest range of aircraft around the world.
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Finally, the rocket seems to be perfect for the Israeli Air Force, because that service has increasingly relied on stand-off missiles to attack targets in places like Syria. One example is the Delilah cruise missile that has evolved over the years and has become one of Israel's most trusted revolt weapons. This rocket is also developed by IMI Systems and can hit moving targets with an accuracy of one meter (circular error probably) at a distance of 250 kilometers. One of the most attractive features of the Delilah rocket is that it can hang around halfway the flight and be diverted. Israel has also developed the Popeye remote bridge-loaded cruise missile that many other countries (including the United States Air Force) have purchased.