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‘The Rampage’ – Israeli Supersonic Missile Built To Destroy High-Quality Targets In Iran And Syria


Originally appeared at Zero Hedge

Israeli Military Industries Systems (IMI Systems) and Israel Aerospace Industries, revealed a new air-launched, GPS-guided, supersonic missile called Rampage — that can hit high-quality targets more than 90-miles away.

The missile can be mounted to the Israel Air Force’s McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle, General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon, and Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II with capabilities to launch the supersonic missile outside the enemy’s detection and interception systems.

'The Rampage' - Israeli Supersonic Missile Built To Destroy High-Quality Targets In Iran And Syria

The two Israeli state-run defense companies officially unveiled the new missile in a press release on June 11.

According to the release, the supersonic missile was produced in response to a clear operational need of the ever so expanding modern battlefield, as the “counter weapon,” against new, rapidly emerging complex air defense environments in Iran and neighboring Syria. In other words, Iran and Syria are deploying new missile shields that could render the Israeli Air Force’s (IAF) aircraft inoperable in specific regions.

In the past 12 to 18 months, both defense firms have jointly tested Rampage with the IAF and have shown the missile is fully operational.

The missile is expected to head into series production and will be available for sale in 2019. The IAF is expected to purchase the rocket “to improve its surgical high-precision strikes with minimum collateral damage,” said Israel’s Ynet News.

A video presentation shows a combination of an IAF F-16 air launching Rampage coupled with computer graphic scenes showing the missile striking enemy targets.

“Sending four fighter jets carrying four Rampage missiles [each] allows us to strike under conditions we’ve never had before,” Eli Reiter, head of IMI Systems’ Firepower Division, told Ynet.

“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. 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,” Reiter said in the company’s press release.

Boaz Levy, general manager and executive VP of IAI’s Rockets and Space Group, told Ynet that the supersonic missile’s cost is approximately one-third of the price of similar missiles being sold on the global defense market.

'The Rampage' - Israeli Supersonic Missile Built To Destroy High-Quality Targets In Iran And Syria

Rampage air-to-surface missile developed by Israel’s IMS, IAI. (Source: IMI Systems)

The missile’s warhead will be guided by GPS-assisted inertial navigation system (INS) guidance package to hit enemy targets, which will allow the warhead to strike its target during the day/night and in any weather condition.

IMI Systems told Ynet that the missile could repel an electronic warfare attack, the company added, “additional algorithm-based navigation system as a backup will give the missile immunity.”

At the beginning of 2018, Syrian anti-aircraft missiles downed an IAF’s F-16 returning from a bombing campaign on Iran-backed positions in Syria.

'The Rampage' - Israeli Supersonic Missile Built To Destroy High-Quality Targets In Iran And Syria

Confirmed photographs of the F-16 crash site in Northern Israel, which is reported to be 20-30km from the Syrian border.

'The Rampage' - Israeli Supersonic Missile Built To Destroy High-Quality Targets In Iran And Syria

Israeli security forces walk next to the remains of the downed F-16 Israeli war plane near the Israeli village of Harduf, Israel. February 10, 2018. Image (source: Reuters)

While the winds of war appear unavoidable in Iran and or Syria, the IAF’s need for precision-guided supersonic missiles with long-range capabilities is essential before the next major conflict erupts. Otherwise, the emerging threat of high-tech Iranian/Syrian missile shields could pose a significant threat for the IAF.



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  • Shawn

    Hezbollah currently has over 120,000 missiles pointed at Israel. Israel can’t even defeat Hezbollah, never mind Iran. 90 miles range ? In a conflict between Israel & Iran, the Iranians will initially target all of israel’s air bases. Without airbases their jets can’t fly & overpriced weapons like this would be useless.

  • Jesus

    It is an air launched derivative of the ground launched Extended Range Artilery guided rocket souped up with a guidance kit, relying on GPS.

  • leon mc pilibin

    israhelli idf are nothing but child killing cowards,man to man they are no match for Hezbollah or Syrians.Thats why they hide behind the skirts of the zio yanks.

  • Luutzen

    Rampage 90 miles range! Supersonic how many mach?

    The Jets will be shot by S200- BUK – Pantsir and missiles GPS will be jammed.

    • John Brown

      They wil need the S-400 integrated with the S-300, S200- BUK – Pantsir systems to shoot down a missile like this to counter its range and to shoot down the jets carrying it.

      • Luutzen

        Well 90 miles = 145 km distance for the F16 jets. S200 missiles will detect the Jet (200 km).

        The exact speed of the Rampage determines if Pantsir s2 can take it out (Mach 3,5 max.).

        • John Brown

          The reason the Pantsir s2 can take out missiles in Syria is they are linked to the radar of the Russian S-400s there for early detection and intercept telemetry. Without this support they would be far less effective

          • Luutzen

            Radar networking is for early detection and tracking. Ofcourse S400 Radar is better.

            But Pantsir s1 or s2 networked-integrated with S200/BUK radar already suffices = 200 km range to detect JET + missile.

            Anti-Missile speed is 1.4 speed incoming missile for destruction. The exact Rampage speed is not given, but only supersonic mach 1 or 2 is not enough. Pantsir missiles would take Rampage out.

    • Smaug

      Wishful thinking, I afraid. Look up how the IAF assault on Iranian bases in Syria went down and you’ll see that this is built specifically for that kind of mission.

      • Luutzen

        The F15 – 16 Jets dreamer.

        If the Pantsir’s s2 are not saturated, they will take Rampage down.

        • Smaug

          It isn’t that simple:
          1) Radars can tell the difference between a flying object and any hill or mountain directly behind it.
          2) Radars can detect objects sooner depending on the angle it’s looking at. The sides of missiles and planes are much easier to detect than if they missile/plane is headed straight for the radar.
          3) Russian air defenses compensate for this by having a web of air defenses with interlocking radars screens covering many angles.
          4) In the recent IAF strikes on Iranian bases they went through rugged Lebanon in order to take advantage of a natural gap where all the radars were straight in front of the fighters. As can be seen by the aftermath such tactics can work and are equally applicable to either side.
          5) Staturation methods can work but not always, it depends on how good and how much the air defenses are and how many rockets can by cycled through in a given space of time. For comparison, bayhonet charges were very effective during Napoleonic times, but were simply a waste of men in WWI.

          • Luutzen

            Networked radars detect it all, unless mach 10 or so.

            The Russians have it at Hmeimin airbase.

            They can even stop the latest Google software steered, clouds of mini-drone attacks on Hmeimin.

            If Israeli jets stay out of Syrian airspace, they can evade destruction by Syrian S200/BUK/…/PAntsir s2 whatever they have.

            If Israeli jets come to close, they may get shot. So the 90 miles or 145 km limit does not get the Rampage very far into Syria.

          • Keithon de Bique

            Israel will be short of options if Putin is not Bibi’s buddy and sell S300 to Syria as he sells the 400 to ISIS Turkey and Saudis. Standoff would shift to Syrian SAMS.

  • Merijn

    IsraHell the Great Testing-Ground of the Elite to see how far they can Go… in Killing Kids… Concentration Camps… Oppression of Humans… Population-Control …Herding them as Sheep….Walls, Checkpoints, Gates, Cameras, Security Checks Everywhere…Civil Disobidience and Uprisings will be punished with Bombs & Sniperfire…. it has given them Enough Data…to implement this on a Global Scale….This could be the Future of Humanity…

  • Brad Isherwood
  • Smaug

    The IAF saw the kind of mission that they did against Iranian bases in Syria, and built a rocket around that. From other sources I read that it was originally a heavy rocket assisted artillery shell that they redesigned to be fired from a fighter. The idea is to get the most range and firepower out of a given precision missile without busting budgets.


  • World_Eye

    lol they can attach 5 of those, that means that are pure piece of shit. Do these zionists know what is a Supersonic missiles of they just know to make interesting animations in video editing. 90 miles range lol you will have to be in very close range in the air defense system, but this missiles are not design for nothing else just to strike targets in Syria that’s it, when there is only weak air-defense, cuz Syria has most of the air-defense of the Pantsir-S1, and those are not that much good against Supersonic missiles, that’s typical indication that these are design only for Iranian targets and Syrian ofc for inside Syria, launched from the Ugly F-16 which will fly definitely from Lebanon and enter Syria and have to be 150km close to the target LOL. Hah the Zionists want to show power. AHaha

  • Sinbad2

    This missile is a junk yard special, made from the parts of 3 different American missiles.
    As it is really a SAM, it has a very small warhead, and might be good for killing Palestinian children, but would be useless against armored targets.

  • Siegfried

    This all is a little psycho-propaganda war…

  • Keithon de Bique

    Not only is israel the aggressor this incident but attacked Syria FIRST years now. I would down more than a Sufa as Syria’s leader.