India on Thursday signed a contract with Israel to procure additional 100+ SPICE 2000 glide bombs worth over Rs. 300 crore (around USD43 million).
The bombs are procured under emergency provision and will be delivered in three months, according to an official familiar with the deal. According to reports, the variant of SPICE that is being procured for the Indian Air Force (IAF) is equipped with 900 kg (2000 lb) Mark 84 warhead and has a standoff range of 60 kilometers.
In February this year, Indian Air Force Mirage 2000 fighter jets had conducted an airstrike targeting a training center operated by the militant terrorist organization Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) in Balakot, Pakistan by using several SPICE 2000 bombs.
SPICE (Smart, Precise Impact, Cost-Effective) is an EO/GPS-guided guidance kit for converting air-droppable unguided bombs into precision guided bombs developed by Israeli company Rafael Advanced Defense Systems.
There are three variants of SPICE, namely SPICE 1000, SPICE 2000 and SPICE 250. SPICE 1000 and SPICE 2000 are add-on kits for 450 kg (1000 lb) and 900 kg (2000 lb) warheads respectively while SPICE 250 is a 113 kg (249 lb) glide bomb designed as a complete system rather than an add-on kit, with a stand-off range of 54 nmi (100 km; 62 mi).
SPICE 1000 can be fitted on warheads such as the MK-83, MPR1000, BLU-110, RAP-1000 and others while SPICE 2000 can be fitted on MK-84, BLU-109, RAP-2000 and others.