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IMAGE CREDIT Praneeth Franklin

The Indian Air Force’s (IAF) Jaguar DARIN III with Rampage missiles presents a potential threat to Pakistani air defense systems, particularly those deployed by the Army and Air Force. However, the effectiveness depends on various factors.

This upgraded version of the Jaguar fighter-bomber boasts improved avionics and navigation systems, enhancing its ability to deliver weapons with precision. The pilot can launch the Rampage from a safe distance, minimizing the risk of exposure to Pakistani air defenses. The Rampage employs advanced guidance systems for precise targeting of enemy installations.

Pakistan utilizes various versions of the HQ-9 surface-to-air missile system, including the mobile HQ-9P (army) and the HQ-9BE and HQ-17FE (air force). These systems offer varying degrees of range and altitude coverage, posing a threat to attacking aircraft.

These are Chinese-made medium-range surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems. The HQ-9P is a mobile land-based system, while the HQ-9BE is a vehicle-mounted version often used by air defense units accompanying the army. Both pose a threat to attacking aircraft within their operational range and engagement envelope.

The Jaguar DARIN III with Rampage missiles could be used to neutralize Pakistani air defense systems before a large-scale air offensive. By launching the Rampage from a distance, the Jaguars would minimize their vulnerability to short-range air defenses. The IAF might employ other aircraft or tactics alongside the Jaguars to overwhelm Pakistani air defenses.

The IAF’s Jaguar DARIN III with Rampage missiles offers a long-range strike option to potentially neutralize Pakistani air defense systems. However, the success of such an operation depends on robust intelligence, effective suppression of enemy air defenses, and the missiles’ ability to overcome countermeasures. It’s also important to consider the potential for escalation arising from such actions.