Fighter aircraft equipped with missiles that can dodge air defense systems, Rampage can hit at supersonic speed

Rampage missiles that can dodge air defense systems have been inducted into the fleet of the Indian Air Force and Navy. Supersonic or hypersonic Rampage is capable of destroying targets up to 250 kilometers away. Defense sources said that the Air Force has equipped Sukhoi-30 MKI and MiG-29 Jaguar fighter planes with Rampage missiles.

Apr 28, 2024 - 15:51
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Fighter aircraft equipped with missiles that can dodge air defense systems, Rampage can hit at supersonic speed

Given the tension on the border with China, India is making continuous efforts to strengthen its military capability. Along with manufacturing defense equipment indigenously, the firepower of the fighter aircraft fleet is also being increased by purchasing state-of-the-art missiles and military equipment from friendly countries. In this connection, Rampage missiles, which can dodge air defense systems, have been included in the fleet of the Indian Air Force and Navy.

Targets as far away as 250 kilometers can be destroyed by supersonic or hypersonic Rampage. Rampage missiles have been installed by the Air Force on Sukhoi-30 MKI and MiG-29 Jaguar fighter aircraft, according to defense sources. The Navy has expanded the number of missiles it possesses for the MiG-29 naval fighter aircraft. The Rampage's eligibility for manufacture under the Make in India initiative is currently being evaluated by the Air Force.

The firepower capability of Indian fighter aircraft has further increased with the inclusion of air-to-ground Rampage missiles. This missile can hit a longer distance than the Spice-2000 used in the Balakot air strike in 2019. The Rampage missile, known as the High-Speed Low Drag-Mark 2 Missile, has been developed by Israel.

Israel had recently wreaked havoc on Iranian targets with this missile. The missile is capable of changing course mid-flight for precise target engagement. It can be used in all seasons. Following the standoff with China in 2020, the Defense Ministry was given emergency powers to equip the armed forces with critical weapons and equipment. Under this, these missiles have been purchased.

Muskan Kumawat Journalist & Writer