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Air-Launched Weapons

Israeli Air Force declares SPICE 1000 operational

08 March 2018
A mock-up of the SPICE 1000 is seen on a Saab Gripen. Source: IHS Markit/Gareth Jennings

The Israeli Air Force (IAF) announced on 7 March that the Rafael SPICE 1000 guided bomb had reached initial operational capability (IOC) on its F-16C/D Barak fighter aircraft following a series of trials.

The IAF said the guided bomb was integrated in recent months by the 190th and 110th Fighter Squadrons, which operate F-16C/Ds out of Ramat David Air Force Base in northern Israel.

As part of the IOC process, the IAF defined the Spice 1000’s wartime operational procedures. “The tests were completed successfully in August [2017] and the munition was officially integrated into operational activity,” it stated.

F-16I and F-15 squadrons are next in line to receive the weapon.

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