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Aero India: Rafael 'SPICE's up guided missile

Israeli defence firm Rafael Advanced Defense Systems has unveiled a new variant of its SPICE 250 air-to-surface munition, with the addition of an integrated turbojet engine, during the Aero India show.

Named as SPICE 250 ER (Extended Range), the new variant is based on the smallest of the SPICE family, which includes the SPICE 250, SPICE 1000 and the SPICE 2000 guidance kits. 

SPICE is a stand-off, autonomous, air-to-surface weapon systems that strike targets with pinpoint accuracy and at high attack volumes, independently of GPS navigation, based on its autonomous electro-optic Scene-Matching Artificial Intelligence (AI) Algorithms.

SPICE 250 ER will incorporate a miniature turbo-jet engine with an internal JP-8/10 fuel system, providing the weapon a range of at least 150 km, while retaining the same mission-planning system, aircraft interfaces and aircrew operation.

Alon Shlomi, VP, head of Rafael's Air-to-Surface systems directorate said, "SPICE is combat-proven, with outstanding operational benefits and achievements. This future capability will offer users the unique combination of a combat-proven system with unparalleled state-of-the-art technologies, while taking advantage of existing infrastructure, without the need for new integration. The significantly-enhanced stand-off range will enable pilots greater operational maneuverability, safety and mission assurance."