Spice-1000  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2005
Total Production: ?
Also Known As: Smart Precise Impact and Cost Effective
Origin: Israel
Corporations: Rafael
Parent System: SPICE
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2004
Total Production: ?
Family Members: Spice-2000
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Description: The SPICE (Smart Precise Impact and Cost Effective guidance kit) is a forward and tail kit evolved from the proven Popeye missile intended to convert dumb/unguided bombs into smart guided air-to-surface munitions droppable from standoff ranges. It uses an advanced electro-optical guidance system to achieve outstanding precision against high value targets. Moreover, it is a 'fire and forget' weapon that automatically goes to its target once launching relying only on its navigation/seeker system. It was developed by Rafael mainly for use in the armed forces of Israel.

The Spice-1000 is a guidance mounted kit mounted on standard 1,000 pounds Mk 83 warhead/bomb. It consists of a forward section kit that homes the sensor package, an inner small wing kit and the control section replacing the tail of standard Mk 83 bomb. All in all, the Spice-1000 has tail control planes and inner small wing totaling 6 control surfaces in four tail control surfaces and the two control surfaces shaping the small wing. The resulting weapon has a range greater than 60 kilometers with less than 3 meters Circular Error Probable (CEP) and can hit ground target with pinpoint accuracy. The Spice-1000 range has not been released but it is assumed that is far greater than 60 kilometers thanks to the small wing provided to this weapon.

This weapon has day, night and adverse weather capability because of its dual infrared IR/CCD-TV seeker and advanced scene-matching algorithms. At close-in ranges, the weapon recognizes the target and correlates it with the intelligence imagery stored into memory. This capability translates into the ability to overcome target location error and GPS jamming. By the way, the weapon can choose among 100 potential targets and multiple weapons can be released at the same time providing simultaneous attack against various targets located across a given area capability.

The Spice-1000 was designed for easy integration into many single-seat and twin-seat fighting aircraft with minimum aircraft modification, maintenance and crew training in order to operate the weapon. It has been successfully integrated onto the F-15, F-16 and Tornado aircraft. The weapon was launched in June 2005 and was developed by Rafael with the aim to attract more export orders than its predecessor the Spice-2000 weapon due to its low weight and enhanced aerodynamics. It is expected the weapon to achieve operational capability with Israeli Air Force shortly.

Spice-1000 Specifications

Performance
CEP: 3 meter
Max Range: 60,000 meter (32.4 nautical mile)
Weight
Weight: 454 kilogram (1,001 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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Spice-1000 News

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on 7 Sep 2012
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