Lockheed Martin and Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd., of Israel have signed a teaming agreement to jointly develop, market, manufacture and support Rafael's Smart, Precise Impact and Cost-Effective (SPICE) air-to-surface guidance kits for US sale.
The SPICE is an Israeli-developed, EO/GPS-guided guidance kit for converting air-droppable unguided bombs into precision guided bombs. There are 3 variants- Spice 100, Spice 200 and Spice 250.
The teaming agreement covers the SPICE 1000 (1,000 pound/453 kilogram weight class) and SPICE 2000 (2,000 pound/907 kilogram weight class) kit variants. Over 60 percent of SPICE is already manufactured in the US in eight states, Lockheed Martin said in a statement Thursday.
"By applying our expertise in aircraft integration, mission planning and tailkit design, along with our experience in affordable streamlined production, we will adapt SPICE to meet US standards so bomber and fighter aircraft can benefit from the added mission flexibility that SPICE offers," said John Varley, vice president at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control.
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