RAFAEL, DIEHL Defense strengthen cooperation in air-to-surface domain

The defense giants have introduced the SPICE 250, an air-to-surface weapon system that strikes targets with pinpoint accuracy and at high attack volumes, independent of GPS, by applying scene-matching algorithms

RAFAEL, DIEHL Defense strengthen cooperation in air-to-surface domain

Photo courtesy RAFAEL

In light of the growing security threats in Europe, DIEHL Defence and RAFAEL announced that they are strengthening their partnership by introducing for the first time the recently-unveiled SPICE 250 ER, alongside the gliding SPICE 250 as a system intended to be manufactured in Germany by DIEHL Defence.

SPICE 250 is the smallest of the SPICE Family, which includes the SPICE 250, SPICE 1000, and SPICE 2000. SPICE is a stand-off, air-to-surface weapon system that strikes targets with pinpoint accuracy and at high attack volumes, independent of GPS, by applying scene-matching algorithms. SPICE is combat-proven and in service with the IAF and with a number of international customers.

SPICE 250 ER preserves the same characteristics of the SPICE 250, incorporating a small turbojet engine to provide substantial range extension, enabling stand-off range for the modern dynamic battle field and new advanced SAM threats, while retaining the same mission-planning system, aircraft interfaces, and aircrew operation. This combines the advantages of both variants (gliding and propelled) while significantly decreasing the integration effort. 

The SPICE 250 and the ER variant deliver a unique array of homing modes which maximize mission success rate while minimizing collateral damage. They also incorporate a net-enabled digital data link which allows a Human-in-the-Loop capability, abort-mission command, and BDI.

The combination of increased loadout of SPICE 250 variants, unique homing methods for various scenarios, and extended range enables a high volume and precise strike capability against multiple target types at reduced cost.

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