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India inks deal to get SPICE 2000 bombs from Israel

India inks deal to get SPICE 2000 bombs from Israel

The Indian Air Force has signed Rs 300-crore deal with the Israeli government to buy as many as 100 SPICE bombs.

The newly ordered SPICE bombs are an advanced version of SPICE-2000 bombs which were used by the IAF during the air strikes in Balakot on February 26, in which the Indian forces reportedly eliminated around 300 Jaish-e-Mohammed militants.

Since the deal has been signed under emergency powers, the Israeli government is expected to deliver these bombs in next 3 months.

SPICE Bombs

SPICE bomb, which stands for Smart, Precise Impact, Cost-Effective, has a stand-off range of 60 km.

It comes equipped with a family of weapons used for air-to-ground operations.

India has been using SPICE-2000 bombs since 2015 on French-developed fighter jets, Mirage-2000. "SPICE-2000: IAF has acquired precision-guided bombs with increased accuracy and penetration for use against fortified and underground command centres.

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