Israel’s Spice 1000 guided bomb has attained the initial operational capability (IOC) after successfully concluding an operational fitness examination that involved a series of aerial and ground tests.
With the completion of the examination, the Spice 1000 has been declared suitable for operational use with the Israeli Air Force’s (IAF) Barak (F-16C/D) aircraft.
Manufactured by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, the Spice 1000 munition is an advanced electro-optic guided bomb, which was integrated several months ago by the 109th and 110th Fighter Squadrons in Ramat-David Air Force Base (AFB).
IAF 117th Squadron pilot and integration process leader captain A said: “The munition provides the IAF with new capabilities.
“It provides an effective, simple response to attack plans that were previously complex, while assisting the aircrews to strike with maximum precision.”
Before being integrated on to the aircraft, the munition arrived at the Flight Test Center (FTC) where it underwent an organised integration process led by the IAF Headquarters’ Munitions Department.
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IAF Infrastructure Unit officer and the Operational Headquarters integration leader captain B said: “We define the munition’s wartime operation procedures. The operational order comes from the headquarters.
“We are able to choose our mode of operation following the trial and error of the integration process.
“I am in constant communication with the squadrons and together we can form a combat doctrine.”
In August, the tests on Spice 1000 were completed successfully and the guided bomb was officially integrated into operational activity.
In future, the Spice 1000 munition will be used by the IAF’s fighter squadrons of the Ramon AFB, which operate the Sufa (F-16I) aircraft. Later it will be integrated on to the Ra’am (F-15I) aircraft.