Israel Uses Rampage ALBM in Combat

On April 13, Israel’s Air Force used the Rampage air-launched ballistic missile (ALBM) in combat for the first time, according to defense analyst Babak Taghvaee. The IAF fired Rampage missiles from F-16 aircraft to target a rocket production and storage facility in Masyaf, Syria. Imagery released by the geospatial intelligence firm ImageSat International shows the destruction of the missile warehouse. The facility was likely sponsored by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), and was protected by S-300 and S-400 air defenses, which is likely why the IAF chose to employ the precision-guided, stand-off Rampage missile.