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Lockheed, Rafael enter Spice 250 missile colab with eye on Polish, US markets

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Israeli F-16 fighter with Spice 250 missiles on its left wing station. Photo: Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin and Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defense Systems have signed an expanded teaming agreement, allowing the team to jointly market and manufacture Rafael’s Spice 250 weapon system for sale in the United States and in Poland.

The agreement will mark the first time Spice 250 is available for sale to the US military.

The addition of Spice 250 builds on a 2019 teaming agreement, where Lockheed Martin and Rafael agreed to jointly market Spice 1000 and Spice 2000 guidance kits for US sale.

Spice is a family of stand-off, autonomous, air-to-surface weapon systems that provide affordable precision in a GPS-denied environment. The Spice family of products includes two guidance kits, Spice 1000 and Spice 2000, as well as an all-up round, known as Spice 250.

“Lockheed Martin’s deep expertise in weapon system integration will help us adapt Spice 250 to meet US standards,” said Dave Pantano, Lockheed Martin program director. “We’re excited to leverage this experience and offer this unique, proven weapon system to aircraft operators for additional mission flexibility where it’s needed most.”

In use since 2003, Spice is combat-proven and in service with the Israeli Air Force and several other nations worldwide. It enables maximum loadout on F-16’s and F-15’s, reduces pilot workload, and provides multiple strike capability against multiple target types.

“GPS is not required to operate any of the products within the Spice family, allowing for operations in a variety of locations and adverse environments,” said Alon Shlomi, Rafael Air to Surface Directorate vice president. “By expanding our teaming agreement with Lockheed Martin, we’re able to offer the entire product portfolio to the US military – providing warfighters with the opportunity to enhance mission flexibility.”