The Indian Air Force (IAF) has signed an INR3 billion (USD43.3 million) deal with Israel's Rafael Advanced Defense Systems for an additional 100 SPICE 2000 bomb guidance kits for the IAF.
Official sources told Jane's that the deal, which was signed on 6 June under the military's recently enhanced financial powers to make 'emergency' materiel purchases, requires the SPICE kits to be delivered to the IAF within three months for fitment onto the service's fleet of upgraded Mirage 2000H combat aircraft.
The SPICE kits are capable of converting the MK 84 and BLU-109 series of 2000 lb dumb gravity bombs into standoff autonomous weapon systems with a 60 km strike range using a Global Positioning System (GPS)-aided inertial navigation system (INS).
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