Israel has used Lebanese airspace to avoid Russian S-300 on yesterday’s attack in Syria (Photos)
JERUSALEM, Israel (BulgarianMilitary.com) – The Israeli air force (IAF) attack on Iranian targets in Syria was performed by standoff weapon systems, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
According the Middle Eastern sources, the Israeli fighter aircraft released their weapons while flying over Lebanon. This to avoid entering the foot print of the Russian S-300 air defense systems deployed recently in Syria
In satellite images taken Wednesday, a day after the attack Syria, a building that was reportedly used as an Iranian ammunition depot was completely destroyed. According to the satellite company ImageSat International, the building, 60 meters by 15 meters, is located at the base of the Syrian 4th Brigade west of Damascus, where Iranian Fajr rockets were stored.
According to the satellite company, no damage was seen at the al-Kisswa base, the Damascus International Airport and the al-Maazah base.
The IAF is using the American made GBU-39 small diameter bomb and some Israeli developed weapon systems , mainly the Spice – 250 , Spice 1000 and Spice -2000 made by Rafael.
The Rafael Spice 1000 and Spice 2000 guidance kits convert 1000 lb and 2000 lb general purpose and penetration warheads into precision stand-off strike weapons.
The SPICE-1000 kit for 1000 lb. general purpose or penetration warheads, such as MK-83 and RAP1000, has a stand-off range of 100 kilometers.
SPICE-2000 kit for 2000 lb. general purpose or penetration warheads, such as MK-84, RAP2000 and BLU-109, has a stand-off range of 60 kilometers.
The pilot allocates a mission to each weapon before release.
The weapon is released outside the threatened area and heads autonomously towards the target zone.
As the weapon approaches the target, Spice’s 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.
In the homing phase, after successful completion of the scene-matching process, Spice acquires the target automatically.
The weapon homes in accurately and autonomously to the exact target location in the pre-defined impact angle and azimuth.
The Spice bombs use a common aircraft interface, and sophisticated weapon software simplify the effort needed for aircraft integration.
Spice has day, night and adverse weather capabilities, based on its dual CCD/IIR seeker. The Automatic Target Acquisition capability is implemented by a unique scene-matching technology that according to the company, is robust to scenery changes and produces a CEP of less than 3 meters.
Spice 250 is a new generation standoff Precision Guided Munition (PGM)
The new version of this advanced air-ground weapon system enables a very short sensor to shooter time.
Unlike the previous members of the Spice family that came in the kit form that was attached to 1000 and 2000 pounds bombs, this time the Israeli company is supplying a complete system. The Rafael Spice 250 can be loaded with 100 optional targets in a given area.
The Spice’s deployable wings allow an aircraft to carry more bombs.
The weapon is navigated by a GPS/INS Satellite/Inertial Navigation system.
The INS is used both as an Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) and as a sensor device for weapon angular position and motion. The GPS receiver serves as a backup for the INS and reduces drift by including GPS inputs in navigation calculations.
But the main sensor of the Spice is the CCD/IIR dual seeker that provides pinpoint accuracy and positive target identification and according to Rafael, overcomes target location error and GPS jamming.
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