Indian Navy Secures Israeli-Made Rampage Missile for MiG-29K/KUB Fulcrum Fighters

In a groundbreaking move, India has recently emerged as the first confirmed recipient of the Israeli-manufactured Rampage missile.

This milestone brings New Delhi’s defense capabilities to new heights, solidifying the military ties between the two nations at the same time.

Photos affirming this acquisition made rounds on social media, revealing that the Indian Navy has obtained these precision-guided weapons and deployed them onto their Russian-made MiG-29K/KUB Fulcrum carrier-based fighters.

Rampage: Evolution and Capabilities

The Rampage missile, conceived by Israeli Military Industries Systems (IMI Systems) in conjunction with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), represents an adapted guided artillery rocket akin to the Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS).

This air-launched, precision-guided weapon boasts high speeds and substantial range, making it a formidable asset for India, particularly in prospective border confrontations with neighboring Pakistan and potential contingencies involving China.

The missile’s developmental roots trace back to 2018, stemming from IMI Systems’ ground-launched Extended Range Artillery guided artillery rocket, known as EXTRA.

Rampage missile
An Artist’s rendering of a Rampage missile (Image source: Elbit Systems)

Accelerated development facilitated its transformation into an air-launched derivative, with minimal alterations to its external design, chiefly reinforcing the center body for aerial deployment.