The Indian Air Force has signed a Rs 300 crore deal with a Israeli defence firm to procure a batch of SPICE 2000 guided bombs, official sources said Friday.
SPICE 2000 consists of an add-on kit for warheads such as the MK-84, BLU-109, APW and RAP-2000.
The deal was signed with Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defense Systems and the advanced SPICE bombs are expected to be delivered to the Indian Air Force in the next three months as the deal is under emergency powers.
According to sources, the order for the bomb has been placed under the special financial powers given to the armed forces by the government for emergency purchases.
Following the Pulwama attack, the government granted emergency powers to the three services to procure weapons and military hardware to enhance their operational preparedness along the border with Pakistan.
On February 26, 2019, Indian Air Force Mirage 2000 jets fired several 1,000 kg of ‘SPICE 2000’ bombs into what they called ‘terrorist training camp’ in Pakistan. The strike targeted the militant terrorist organization Jaish-e-Mohammed training center in Balakot. The air strike was the Indian Government’s response to the deadly Pulwama terror attack.
The SPICE (Smart, Precise Impact, Cost-Effective) bomb has a standoff range of 60 kilometres and approaches the target as its unique scene-matching algorithm compares the electro-optical image received in real-time via the weapon seeker with mission reference data stored in the weapon computer memory and adjusts the flight path accordingly.