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Rampage missile

Why is it in the news?

  • The Rampage missile is a recent addition to the arsenal of the Indian Air Force (IAF) and the Indian Navy, characterized as a long-range, supersonic, air-to-ground missile.

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  • Capable of striking targets up to 250 kilometres away, it offers enhanced precision and lethality in various operational scenarios.
  • Originally known as the High-Speed Low Drag-Mark 2 Missile in the Indian Air Force, the Rampage missile gained prominence through its extensive use by the Israeli Air Force in operations against Iranian targets.
  • Integration of the Rampage missile has been achieved across the Russian-origin aircraft fleet of the Indian Air Force, including the Su-30 MKI, MiG-29, and Jaguar fighters.
  • The Indian Navy has also integrated the Rampage missile into its MiG-29K naval fighter jets, expanding its maritime strike capabilities.
  • This integration complements existing capabilities, allowing for the firing of multiple long-range air-to-ground missiles, including the BrahMos supersonic missiles with a strike range exceeding 400 kilometres.
  • Procurement of the Rampage missiles was expedited under emergency powers granted by the Defence Ministry to bolster the armed forces’ readiness following the 2020 standoff with China.
  • The Rampage missiles offer extended operational range compared to the Spice-2000s, which were utilized in the Balakot air strikes in 2019, enhancing India’s precision strike capabilities in both conventional and tactical scenarios.

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