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Air Force to receive bunker buster Spice 2000 bombs used in Balakot strike in September

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Air Force to receive bunker buster Spice 2000 bombs used in Balakot strike in September

The Indian Air Force will receive the bunker buster version of the Spice 2000 bombs by the end of the second week of September.

Top IAF sources said that the Spice-2000 bombs are scheduled to be delivered to the Indian Air Force (IAF) from Israel around mid-September along with the Mark 84 warhead and bombs which can destroy buildings completely.

India and France had signed a deal with Israel worth around Rs 300 crore for acquiring these weapon systems.

The supply of these weapons from Israel will happen around the time when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is likely to visit India for a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The bombs were used by the air force to bomb the Pakistani base of Jaish-e-Mohammed in Balakot in February this year. The bombs used in the strike were the penetrator version of the Israeli ammunition.

However, the Spice-2000 bombs used in the Balakot strikes were the penetrator version which made holes using their weight in the concrete rooftops of the buildings in the Jaish camp which don't destroy buildings but explode inside killing people with the mix of 70-80 kg explosives with shrapnel.

The Spice 2000 bomb has a standoff range of 60 kilometres and approaches the target as its unique scene-matching algorithm compares the electro-optical image received in real-time via the weapon seeker with mission reference data stored in the weapon computer memory and adjusts the flight path accordingly. SPICE 2000 consists of an add-on kit for warheads such as the MK-84, BLU-109, APW and RAP-2000.