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The Indian Air Force (IAF) is setting its sights on enhancing the capabilities of its MiG-29 aircraft by integrating a Stand Off Weapon (SoW) with a range of over 180 kilometres. This significant upgrade is poised to further bolster the IAF’s operational effectiveness and strategic reach. The project aims to integrate the SoW seamlessly onto the MiG-29 aircraft within a 12-month timeline, following the signing of the contract.

The move comes on the heels of the Indian Navy’s successful integration of the Israeli Rampage Long Range Air-to-Ground Precise Strike Weapon on its Mig-29k fleet, highlighting India’s commitment to modernizing its defence capabilities.

The Ministry of Defence, Government of India, has initiated the process to integrate the Stand Off Weapon (SoW) on the MiG-29 aircraft of the Indian Air Force. The integration involves the installation of a certified bomb rack onto various hard points of the MiG-29 fighter aircraft. Crucially, this integration is intended to be achieved without requiring any modification to the aircraft, such as an interface adapter beam.

The mechanical interface for the SoW will be designed to fit seamlessly onto Station No. 1, 2, 3, and 4 of the MiG-29 aircraft, allowing for a straightforward installation. Importantly, the integration should not impose any restrictions on the use of existing role equipment on the aircraft. This means that the MiG-29’s existing capabilities will not be compromised, even as the aircraft gains the ability to deploy the Stand Off Weapon.

The proposed integration of the Stand Off Weapon on the MiG-29 fleet is generating considerable interest, particularly because it is speculated that the weapon in question is the Israeli Rampage Long Range Air-to-Ground Precise Strike Weapon. The Rampage missile is designed to be a long-range, air-to-ground, seekerless, precision strike weapon.

This advanced missile system is engineered for missions that involve targeting high-quality and well-protected assets, including communication and command centres, air force bases, maintenance facilities, and critical infrastructure. Its extensive range and precision make it a formidable asset for the IAF, enabling it to strike high-value targets with great accuracy and from a safe distance.

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