RAMAT HASHARON, Israel --- Israeli Military Industries Systems (IMI Systems) and Israel Aerospace Industries, unveiled a long-range assault [missile], which was developed jointly by Israel’s two leading, specialized defense industries. The Rampage offers a unique combination of the know-how, the technological assets and the cumulative experience of both companies.
Developed in response to a clear operational need of the future battlefield, as the “counter weapon”, namely munition dropped from outside the area protected by anti-air [missiles], the Rampage boasts a warhead, rocket engine and advanced navigation suite which allow execution of the assault mission of high quality, well-protected targets with utmost precision.
The Rampage features optimal penetration capability into protected areas. Its focal precision prevents collateral damage at a very low mission cost compared with existing solutions. The targets that best fit the capabilities of the new rocket include communication and command centers, air forces bases, maintenance centers, infrastructures and valuable field targets protected by anti-air systems.
The Rampage can operate in any weather conditions, as well as day and night. It offers simplified operation, with no need for a man in the loop, and can be carried on a broad range of aircraft, manufactured in western or eastern countries. It weighs 570 kg and is 4.7 meters long.
Boaz Levy, general manager and executive VP of IAI’s Rockets and Space Group, said, “We believe in the Rampage, since it 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 that reflects the extensive technological know-how and experience of both companies with a price tag, which is attractive and relevant for all the global markets.”
Eli Reiter, manager of IMI Systems firepower division said, “IMI Systems and IAI are proud to unveil a response to the challenges of modern battlefields. The Rampage joins a family of accurate [missiles], 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.
(EDITOR’S NOTE: What the above statement fails to state is that Rampage “is an air-launched derivative of IMI Systems’ ground-launched Extended Range Artillery guided artillery rocket, or EXTRA,” The Drive reported. “There appear to be only minimal changes to the weapon’s external design for the air-launched role, namely the addition of a reinforced section of the central body with the attachment lugs.
In a separate report, YnetNews said Rampage has a range of up to 150km and a 150kg warhead; production is due to begin within the next year.)