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India planning to buy bunker buster version of Spice-2000 bombs


The Indian Air Force (IAF) is planning to buy an advanced version of the Spice-2000 bomb, which can completely destroy buildings and bunkers.


India planning to buy advanced bunker buster version of Spice 2000 bombs Spice-2000 bomb (Picture source: http://sistemasdearmas.com.br)


This interest is based on the successful air strikes against a Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist camp in Balakot ,Pakistan.

During the strikes, the IAF had dropped Spice-2000 bombs from Mirage-2000 fighter aircraft after a pack of 12 of these fighters crossed the Line of Control to strike the Jaish facility in the Khyber Pakhtunwa province.

However, the Spice-2000 bombs used in the Balakot strikes were the penetrator version. The IAF is now planning to acquire the bunker buster or the building destroyer version with Mark 84 warhead which can decimate targeted buildings.

The "SPICE" (Smart, Precise Impact, Cost-Effective) is an Israeli-developed, EO/GPS-guided guidance kit for converting air-droppable unguided bombs into precision guided bombs. A derivative of the "Popeye" (AGM-142 Have Nap) air-to-surface missile, the "Spice" is a product of Israeli company Rafael Advanced Defense Systems.