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India signs deal with Israel to procure 100 SPICE bombs used in Balakot strikes

This is the first defence deal signed by the government after Prime Minister Narendra Modi took over for a second term.

SPICE bombs for IAF

In a major development, India on Thursday signed a deal with Israel worth around Rs 300 crore under emergency provisions for buying over 100 SPICE bombs with high explosives warhead for the Indian Air Force.

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First defence deal by Modi 2.0

This is the first defence deal signed by the government after Prime Minister Narendra Modi took over for a second term.

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SPICE, the destroyer

The bombs to be procured are an advanced version of the Spice-2000 bomb, which can be used to reduce enemy buildings and bunkers to rubbles in no time. Spice-2000 bombs were used by IAF's Mirage-2000 fighter jets in the airstrikes on Jaish-e-Mohammad terror camp at Balakot in Pakistan.

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Target-driven bombs

During the strikes, the penetrator version of Spice-2000 bombs was used by the IAF which made holes in the concrete rooftops of the buildings in the Jaish camp but did not destroy the buildings. The bombs, however, exploded inside the building killing those who were present inside the building.

(In pic: An Israeli Air Force Mk 84 Bomb Spice 2000)

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High-tech bomb

SPICE bomb has a standoff range of 60 kilometres and approaches the target as its unique scene-matching algorithm compares the electro-optical image received in real-time via the weapon seeker with mission reference data stored in the weapon computer memory and adjusts the flight path accordingly. SPICE-2000 consists of an add-on kit for warheads such as the MK-84, BLU-109, APW and RAP-2000.

(In pic: An Israeli Air Force Mk 84 Bomb Spice 2000)

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Strike against terror

The IAF had conducted the Balakot airstrikes on February 26 in response to the terrorist attack on a CRPF convoy in Pulwama in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed.

(In pic: An Israeli Air Force Mk 84 Bomb Spice 2000)

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