The Indian Air Force’s Sukhoi-Su 30MKI combat aircraft will be equipped with Israeli Spice-2000 bombs which were used for the airstrikes inside Pakistan late last month. The airstrikes had eliminated targets of the terrorist group Jaish-e-Muhammad.
“At the moment, the only aircraft which is capable of delivering the bombs on enemy targets is the Mirage 2000. But now the Air Force is putting them on the Su-30s as well to further enhance their firepower,” government sources were quoted by ANI.
According to the sources, the Su-30MKI has already carried out trials where they launched the Spice-2000 bombs on ground targets. “After a few more trials, the Su-30 fleet would be equipped with these bombs which rely on coordinates and satellite pictures of the target to home in and destroy the intended targets,” the sources are reported to have said. It is believed that once the integration is successful, it will be a great force multiplier for the IAF.
As we had reported earlier, The Mirage 2000s used in the airstrikes carried the Spice ‘smart bombs’ made by Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defence Systems. Each Spice-2000 is approximately a 1000 KG air to ground bomb that can be launched from a distance of 100 km. Israel had used these same bombs in Syria.
The Spice bombs use a Digital Scene Matching Area Correlator (DSMAC) technology. The technology enables it to match the target as it zooms in, with pre-fed images apart from the GPS coordinates. They also come with anti-GPS jammer, which means the enemy cannot manipulate its homing device.