The "Rampage" missile is named after a popular video-game. Rampage, the 2018 blockbuster movie starring Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson, and was based on a video game. Rampage is about genetically enhanced animals turned Godzilla-sized monsters on a path of destruction. The 1986 source material is built on the idea that wrecking stuff is stupid fun. The Rampage video game was a goofy tragedy about people, transformed by mad science, taking out their rage. The game was widely known as “a game about nothing” inspiring glee simply by providing players with the chance to lay untold waste to city after city.
The supersonic weapon is 4.7m (15.4ft) long and has a total weight of 570kg (1,250lb). It is designed to be launched from a fighter jet 150 km away from the target, meaning it will not be detected by the enemy's detection and interception systems. By June 2018 the IMI Systems (formerly Israel Military Industries) and the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) were at the final development stages of a the new air-to-surface missile.
Joseph Trevethick at The Drive reported "Rampage “is an air-launched derivative of IMI Systems’ ground-launched Extended Range Artillery guided artillery rocket, or EXTRA". This is probably true, as one depiction of the EXTRA missile is nearly identical to Rampage, though the latter has a shallow fairing for attachment to the aircraft rack. But another depiction of EXTRA shows a somewhat different missile.
The Rampage missile is guided by a GPS system, which will allow it to strike during the day as well as the night and in any weather conditions including fog and cloudiness. The missile has two kinds of warheads, with the one designed for penetrating armor protected targets such as bunkers and those immune to shrapnel damage.
The missile can be carried by Israel Air Force’s F-15, F-16 and F-35 fighter jets and is meant to be fired into areas protected by air-defense systems. The targets that best fit the capabilities of the missile include communication and command centers, air force bases, maintenance centers, infrastructures and valuable field targets protected by anti-aircraft batteries.
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.
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 the global market.”
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 rockets, 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.”
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