CUTTING EDGE DISPATCHES FROM THE FRONT LINE OF AEROSPACE TECHNOLOGY

ISRAEL HAS DEVELOPED AN AIR-LAUNCHED BALLISTIC MISSILE

Initial images of the Rampage show it being launched from an Israeli Air Force F-16I, but its reported primary use is to arm the F-35A Adir. IAI

TWO ISRAELI COMPANIES together have tested a new, supersonic air-launched ballistic missile with a conventional warhead that could allow fighters to strike heavily defended targets at long range. But the new Rampage ALBM isn’t without its drawbacks. The weapon is bulky. Its warhead is probably small compared to other missile types. Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and Israel Military Industry Systems (IMI Systems) announced in June they had tested, from an F-16, the 15ft-long, 1,200lb, GPS-guided Rampage — and had already inked a sale contract with one customer, presumably the Israeli Air Force.

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