The Indian Air Force has started receiving the Spice-2000 guidance kits from Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, Indian media reported. Deliveries are expected to be completed by the end of the year.
The weapons have been delivered to the Gwalior airbase – the home base of the Air Force’s fleet of Mirage 2000 fighter jets.
Spice-2000 converts 2000 lb bombs like the MK-84, BLU-109, APW, and RAP-2000 into precision stand-off munitions. The Indian Air Force will use the kit on MK-84 bombs, and at present, they can only be fitted on the Mirage 2000s.
The Indian Air Force had signed a contract with Rafael in June for the acquisition of more than 100 Spice-2000 kits for Rs 300 Crore (approx. $42 million). According to local media reports, the deal was classified as an “emergency procurement,” placed under the special financial powers given to the military by the Indian government.
The contract was signed soon after Indian aircraft successfully used the Spice-2000s in the Balakot airstrikes against a Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorist camp in Pakistan.