Rafael’s SPICE (Smart, Precise Impact and Cost-Effective) is a family of autonomous and autonomous air-to-ground weapon systems that deliver affordable accuracy in a non-GPS environment.
And now Rafael Advanced Defense Systems of Israel and Lockheed Martin have signed an expanded team agreement that allows the team to jointly develop, market, manufacture and support the SPICE 250 weapon system for sale in the United States and in Poland. This is the first time that SPICE 250 has been available for sale to the US military.
The addition of SPICE 250 builds on a 2019 team agreement, in which Lockheed Martin and Rafael agreed to jointly market the SPICE 1000 and SPICE 2000 guidance kits for sale in the United States.
The SPICE family of combat proven products includes two guide kits, SPICE 1000 and SPICE 2000, as well as a full turn, known as the SPICE 250.
“Lockheed Martin’s deep expertise in weapon system integration will help us tailor SPICE 250 to meet US standards,” said Dave Pantano, Lockheed Martin program director. “We are excited to build on this experience and offer this unique and proven weapon system to aircraft operators for additional mission flexibility where it is needed most. “
In use since 2003, SPICE has been combat proven and in service with the Israeli Air Force and several other countries around the world. It allows maximum load on the F-16 and F-15, reduces pilot workload, and offers multiple strike capability against multiple types of targets.
“GPS is not required to operate any of the SPICE family products, allowing operations in a variety of locations and adverse environments,” said Alon Shlomi, vice president of Rafael Air to Surface Directorate . “By expanding our association agreement with Lockheed Martin, we are able to offer the entire product portfolio to the US military, providing combatants with the ability to improve mission flexibility. “