The Powerful Israeli Air-To-Surface Missile That Was Used Against Iran

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The Israeli Military’s recent attack near an Iranian nuclear site reportedly used locally developed air-to-surface missiles called The Rampage. Tehran has reportedly downplayed the incident and claims that only three small drones, and no missiles, were involved in the attack on Isfahan.

This 4.7-meter-long missile was developed to hit stationary targets and can travel at supersonic speeds, making it extremely difficult to detect and intercept with air defense systems. It was identified from images and matches the damage caused in the attack, as reported by The Times of Israel.

According to Interesting Engineering, the long-range precision strike weapon, developed by the Israeli Military Industries Systems and Israel Aerospace Industries, is designed to destroy high-quality, well-protected targets (like air force bases, maintenance centers communication, and command centers). The missile can also operate either as a stand-alone system or via an avionic system, and supports wireless communication and video transmission.

The Rampage’s focal precision, capable of operating in any weather or time of day, prevents collateral damage, and its GPS/INS guidance navigation provides anti-jamming capabilities. The missile, developed by Israel’s security industry, is capable of carrying a warhead of 150 kilograms of explosives, can change its path mid-air and reach a distance of 145 kilometers.

The Rampage missiles were first seen in action in April 2019, when they were fired from F-16 jets to target a rocket production and storage facility in Syria. In this instance, the precision-guided missile evaded the S-300 defenses around the facility.

It was previously reported that Israel used F-35 fighter jets to fire precise missiles from a great distance toward S-300 batteries at a secret military base in Iran. Iranian radar systems reportedly failed to detect any enemy aircraft entering the country’s airspace.