Israel launches spy satellite, Ofek 16, to keep a better eye on its enemies

The Defense Ministry called Ofek 16 "an electro-optical reconnaissance satellite with advanced capabilities."


Israel on Monday launched a new spy satellite that it said would provide high-quality surveillance for its military intelligence.

Israel has been building up its surveillance capabilities to monitor enemies such as Iran, whose nuclear program it sees as a major threat.

The satellite, called Ofek 16, was shot into space early Monday morning from a site in central Israel by a locally-developed Shavit rocket, which was used to launch previous Ofek satellites.

 Israel launches spy satellite, Ofek 16, to keep a better eye on its enemies

Israel Ministry of Defense and Israel Aerospace Industries have successfully launched the Ofek 16 satellite. Image credit: Twitter/Israel's Defense Ministry

"We will continue to strengthen and maintain Israel's capabilities on every front, in every place," said Defense Minister Benny Gantz.


The Defense Ministry called Ofek 16 "an electro-optical reconnaissance satellite with advanced capabilities."

The first images will be received in about a week.

State-owned Israel Aerospace Industries was the main contractor for the project and the satellite's payload was developed by defense firm Elbit Systems.

 


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