Adding “Spice” to bomb arsenals

Commonality is often a key word in the procurement plans of many airforces.

The commanders do not want to have dozens of bomb types in their arsenal but they still need flexibility.

The solution – an add-on device that can control many types of munitions according to the mission.

One very good example of that trend is the Smart Precision Impact and Cost Effective (Spice) stand-off, autonomous, air-to-ground weapon system developed by Rafael in Israel.

This widely used system will be adapted to more types of bombs to meet growing demand.

Spice is in service with the Israeli Air Force and is under contract with several international customers.

It is a guidance kit that can be mounted on general-purpose and penetration warheads: Spice-1000 for 1000lb warheads such as MK-83/RAP1000/BLU-110; and

Spice-2000 for 2000lb warheads such as MK-84/RAP2000/BLU-109.

Spice-2000 achieves a stand-off range of more than 60kms. Spice-1000 achieves an even greater range, thanks to its unique deployable wings.

The weapon uses state-of-the art navigation, guidance and homing techniques to achieve the accurate and effective destruction of targets with a CEP of better than 3m.

It has day, night and adverse-weather capabilities, based on its dual CCD/IIR seeker and advanced scene-matching algorithms. As it approaches the target, Spice compares the real-time electro-optical image received from its seeker with reference intelligence images stored in its memory. In the homing phase, the system locates the target and uses the tracker to hit it.

According to Rafael, as a result of this capability, Spice can overcome Target Location Error and GPS jamming, and dramatically reduce collateral damage. The Spice mission profile can be set to a specific attack azimuth and impact angle to suit the selected target profile, such as a steep dive angle for deep penetration.

The Spice-2000, and especially the Spice-1000 with its deployable wings, are easily integrated onto a wide range of single- and dual-seat fighter aircraft, and requires no aircraft modifications.

Spice is fully operational and has recently demonstrated outstanding combat performance in all parameters. This has made it the leading air-to-surface weapon system of the Israeli Airforce.

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