Lockheed Martin and Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. recently signed a teaming agreement to jointly develop, market, manufacture and support Rafael’s Smart, Precise Impact and Cost-Effective (SPICE) guidance kits for US sale.
“Access to GPS is becoming increasingly limited in contested environments,” said Yuval Miller, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Rafael’s Air & C4ISR Division. “SPICE provides a solution to this challenge. Finalising this exclusive agreement sets the scene for our two companies to provide unmatched mid-range guided air-to-surface weapon systems to enhance mission flexibility and success.”
The teaming agreement covers the SPICE 1000 (1,000lbs/453kg weight class) and SPICE 2000 (2,000lbs/907kg weight class) kit variants. Over 60% of SPICE is already manufactured in the US in eight states.
“SPICE offers the US Department of Defense and many allies a capability that no other weapon currently in inventory provides,” John Varley, Vice President of Close Combat Systems at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, concluded. “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 U.S. standards so bomber and fighter aircraft can benefit from the added mission flexibility that SPICE offers.”