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Israel integrates Spice 1000 bomb onto F-16 fleet

The Israeli air force (IAF) is integrating the Rafael Spice 1000 precision bomb onto its Lockheed Martin F-16C/D aircraft.

Spice 1000 is a 453kg (1,000lb) bomb equipped with a guidance kit, with pop-out wings that extend its range to more than 100km (54nm).

The IAF's F-16C/D fleet belongs to the "First Squadron" that operates from Ramat David air base in the north of Israel, which is currently performing the acceptance tests of the weapon system. This follows assessments carried out by the IAF’s test squadron.

The IAF expects to reach full operational capability with the Spice 1000 in the coming weeks.

Israeli sources say that the Lockheed Martin F-35, which will soon be delivered to the IAF, will also carry the Spice 1000.

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