Rafael, Lockheed Martin team to develop SPICE-250 weapon system for US military

SPICE is a family of standoff, autonomous, air-to-surface weapon systems that provide affordable precision in a GPS-denied environment

Rafael, Lockheed Martin team to develop SPICE-250 weapon system for US military

Rafael’s Spice 250. Photo: company website

Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defense Systems and Lockheed Martin announced they had signed an expanded teaming agreement, allowing the team to jointly develop, market, manufacture and support Rafael's Smart, Precise Impact and Cost-Effective (SPICE™) 250 weapon system for sale in the United States and in Poland. This agreement marks the first time SPICE 250 is available for sale to the U.S. military. The addition of SPICE 250 builds on a 2019 teaming agreement, where Lockheed Martin and Rafael agreed to jointly market SPICE 1000 and SPICE 2000 guidance kits for U.S. sale.

SPICE is a family of standoff, autonomous, air-to-surface weapon systems that provide affordable precision in a GPS-denied environment. The SPICE family of products includes two guidance kits, SPICE 1000 and SPICE 2000, as well as an all-up round, known as SPICE 250. In use since 2003, SPICE is combat-proven and in service with the Israeli Air Force and several other nations worldwide. It enables maximum loadout on F-16's and F-15’s, reduces pilot workload, and provides multiple strike capability against multiple target types.

"GPS is not required to operate any of the products within the SPICE family, allowing for operations in a variety of locations and adverse environments,” said Alon Shlomi, Rafael Air to Surface Directorate vice president. “By expanding our teaming agreement with Lockheed Martin, we’re able to offer the entire product portfolio to the U.S. military – providing warfighters with the opportunity to enhance mission flexibility.”

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