The Israeli Air Force (IAF) used Rampage supersonic precision-guided missiles in its recent attack on the towns of Masyaf and Umm Haratayn in Syria’s Hama, Iranian defense analyst Babak Taghvaee claimed on April 14.
Rampage is an air-launched version of the EXTRA artillery rocket system developed by Israel’s IMI Systems. The missile, which entered serial production this year, is guided by an inertial navigation system (INS) and GPS.
The specific range of the new Israeli missile is unknown. However, 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 air-to-surface missile with a stand-off range of “100s of kilometers.
According to Taghvaee, the IAF opted to use Rampage for the first time due to the danger of the Syrian Arab Air Defense Forces (SyAADF) S-300PMU2 system, which is deployed in Masyaf’s outskirt.
The missile’s high speed and alleged long-range makes it prefect for sensitive missions. However, there is no solid evidence supporting the claim that it was used in the recent Israeli attack.
The Israeli airstrikes on April 13 destroyed the College of Management, the Scientific Research center and the Accounting School in Masyaf and what appears to be a missile site near the town of Umm Haratayn. More than 20 people were reportedly injured.