IAF Signed Rs 300 crore deal to procure SPICE 2000 bombs from Israel.

IAF Signed Rs 300 crore deal to procure SPICE 2000 bombs from Israel.

June 09, 2019.

The IAF has signed a Rs 300 crore deal with an Israeli defence firm to procure a batch of SPICE 2000 guided bombs. On February 26, the SPICE bombs had been used by the IAF in its strikes on a terrorist training camp in Pakistan’s Balakot, official sources said on Friday.

The order of the armed forces for the bombs has been placed under the special financial powers given to them by the government for emergency purchases, said sources. The sources also said that the deal was signed with Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defense Systems.

The SPICE means Smart, Precise Impact and Cost-Effective. SPICE can overcome errors in locating the target, GPS jamming and also reduces collateral damage. SPICE kit adds a sophisticated guidance system that consists of satellite guidance, inertial navigation and electro-optical sensors which can be used for pinpoint accuracy and adds control fins to a conventional unguided bomb.

It is reportedly the biggest conventional bomb that can be delivered by IAF and is used on French-origin Mirage-2000 jets. The SPICE kit has two variants SPICE-1000 kit and SPICE-2000 kit. These two are difficult to detect by most ground-based radars. SPICE-1000: meant for 500kg bombs and has a glide range of about 100km. SPICE-2000: meant for 1,000kg bombs and has a glide range of about 60km.

The bombs are expected to be supplied by Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defence Systems in the next three months. IAF fighter jets bombed terror group JeM’s training camp in Balakot deep inside Pakistan on February 2019. 

The Indian Air Force strike on the JeM camp came 12 days after the terror group JEM claimed responsibility for the suicide attack on a CRPF battalion in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama in which 40 CRPF soldiers were killed. 

Keeping in view the Pulwama attack, the government granted emergency powers to the three services (Indian Army, Indian Air Force, and Indian Navy) to procure weapons and military hardware to enhance their operational preparedness along the border with Pakistan. 

The government also eased certain rules to cut delays in a military purchase like allowing the three services (Indian Army, Indian Air Force, and Indian Navy) to procure required weapons and equipment from a single vendor in the World market.

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