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6.07.2020

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IAI led the program. Defense Minister Benny Gantz: Technological superiority is essential to Israel's security.

The Space Administration in the Directorate of Defense Research and Development (DDR&D), of the Israel Ministry of Defense and ( Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd. (IAI) (TASE: ARSP.B1)) successfully launched the Ofek 16 reconnaissance satellite into space at 4:00 am today. The launch was performed from a launch site based in central Israel, using a Shavit launcher.

The satellite began to orbit around earth and to transmit data according to plan. Ministry of Defense and IAI engineers have started a series of pre-planned tests of the satellite before it begins its full operations.

Minister of Defense Benny Gantz said, "The successful launch of the Ofek 16 satellite overnight is yet another extraordinary achievement for the defense establishment, for the defense industries as a whole, and for Israel Aerospace Industries in particular. Technological superiority and intelligence capabilities are essential to the security of the State of Israel. The fact that Israel is one of the 13 countries in the world with satellite launching capabilities is not a given, and was made possible by the people who have been investing in these systems and advancing breakthrough capabilities over the years. We will continue to strengthen and maintain Israel's capabilities on every front, in every place."

Ofek 16 is an electro-optical reconnaissance satellite with advanced capabilities, the latest in the Ofek series, which have been produced and launched since 1988.

IAI is the main contractor for Ofek 16. Its Systems, Missiles and Space Group led the program, together with the MLM Division, which is responsible for the development of the launcher. Elbit Systems Ltd.(Nasdaq: ESLT; TASE: ESLT) developed and produced the satellite's advanced camera and payload. The launch engines were developed by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. and Tomer, a government-owned weapons technologycompany. Among other companies participating in the program are BAE Systems Rokar and Cielo Inertial Systems.

Quelle: Globes

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Israel Launches New Spy Satellite To 'Monitor Iran'

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The Ofek-16 is launched into space from a site in central Israel on July 6.

Israel's Defense Ministry has announced the successful launch of a new spy satellite that the ministry 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 Israel sees as a major threat to its security.

The Defense Ministry said the Ofek-16 satellite was launched at 4 a.m. on July 6 from central Israel by a locally developed Shavit rocket. It described the Ofek as an “electro-optical reconnaissance satellite with advanced capabilities.”

The first images from the satellite are expected in about a week.

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

Israel's network of satellites allows the country to watch the entire Middle East, including Iran.

'Iranian Nuclear Threat'

Gantz said that “technological superiority and intelligence capabilities are essential to the security of the state of Israel.”

He didn’t give further details on the satellite's mission, but Israeli public radio said it would be used to monitor Iran's nuclear activities.

Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi confirmed on July 6 Israel is taking action to stop the Iranian nuclear threat.

Ashkenazi made the comment in response to a question about a series of mysterious incidents at Iranian facilities, including at Natanz, the Islamic republic's main uranium-enrichment center.

"We have a long-term policy over the course of many administrations not to allow Iran to have nuclear abilities," The Jerusalem Post quoted the minister as saying at a conference.

"We take actions that are better left unsaid," he said.

Iran denies its nuclear program has any military dimension.

The main contractor for the Ofek-16 project was the state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries, while the satellite's payload was developed by defense firm Elbit Systems.

Quelle: RadioFreeEurope

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Israel successfully launches new spy satellite

The Space Administration in the Ministry of Defense led the development and production of "Ofek 16", an electro-optical reconnaissance satellite with advanced capabilities

Israel successfully launched its new spy satellite, the Ofek 16, early Monday morning. The reconnaissance satellite was launched into space on a Shavit launcher at 4 a.m. from the Palmachim airbase in central Israel and it is expected to further enhance Israel's spying capabilities from space. 

 

 

“The Space Administration in the Directorate of Defense Research and Development (DDR&D), of the Israel Ministry of Defense (IMoD), and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), have successfully launched the "Ofek 16" reconnaissance satellite into space, today at 4:00 AM,” the Defense Ministry said in a statement.

 

Ofek 16 satelite is launched into space. Photo: Ministry of Defense
Ofek 16 satelite is launched into space. Photo: Ministry of Defense

Shortly after the launch, Ofek already began orbiting around Earth and transmitting data.

 

Defense Minister Benny Gantz called the launch an "extraordinary achievement."

 

"Technological superiority and intelligence capabilities are essential to the security of the state of Israel," he said. Gantz added that Israel is among only 13 countries that can launch their satellites independently, standing alongside the U.S., Russia, China, France, Italy, U.K., India, Japan, South Korea, North Korea, Ukraine and Iran.

 

 

The launch of Israel's first intelligence-gathering satellite, called Ofek1, was conducted on September 19, 1988. The launch was carried out in secret in order not to reveal to Israel's regional enemies the country's technological advancement.

 

The last time Israel launched a spy satellite was four years ago, when Ofek 11 took off from the Palmachim airbase in September 2016.

 

"Ofek 16" is an electro-optical reconnaissance satellite with advanced capabilities. Its development was the result of experience gained by the defense establishment in the production of earlier satellites in the Ofek series.

 

“IMoD and IAI engineers have started a series of pre-planned tests to determine the performance level of the satellite before it begins its full operational activities,” said the Defense Ministry.

 

"We will continue to strengthen and maintain Israel's capabilities on every front, in every place,” added Gantz.

 

While the launch was planned long ago, it comes amidst heightened tensions between Israel and Iran, with the New York Times reporting on Sunday that it was Israel which planted a bomb at the Natanz nuclear complex last week, causing significant damage to a building where advanced centrifuges were being developed.

 

The Space Administration in IMoD has led the development and production of the satellite and its launcher. IAI is the prime contractor, having assigned the program to its Systems, Missiles and Space Group together with the MLM Division, which is responsible for the development of the launcher. Elbit Systems is responsible for the development and production of the satellite's advanced camera and payload. The launch engines were developed by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems and Tomer, a government-owned company. Additional companies have participated in the program, including Rokar and Cielo.

 

Once the satellite is deemed fully operational, the Ministry of Defense will deliver responsibilities to the IDF's '9900' Intelligence Unit.

Quelle: CTech

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Israel launches Ofek 16 recon satellite into orbit

Space dep't of Defense Ministry research arm, Israel Aerospace Industries team up to launch Ofek 16 into space

A new advanced Israeli reconnaissance satellite took off and reached the planet's orbit Monday morning, Israel's Defense Ministry announced. 

According to a press statement, the satellite, dubbed Ofek 16, took off from a launchpad in central Israel at 4:00 am local time -- 21:00 Eastern Time.

The launch came as a joint endeavor of the Space Administration of the defense ministry's research and development arm and the Israel Aerospace Industries company.

The latter is the manufacturer of Shavit launcher, one of which was used to deliver Ofek 16 to orbit.

Following the launch, the electro-optical reconnaissance successfully made it to the orbit and sent in the first data transmissions. It will now go through a number of tests and calibrations before entering service.

Welcoming the launch, Israel's Defense Minister Benny Gantz said: "The successful launch of the 'Ofek 16' satellite overnight is yet another extraordinary achievement for the defense establishment, for the defense industries as a whole, and for Israel Aerospace Industries in particular."

Gantz stressed that technological and intelligence advantage was crucial for Israel's security and stressed that only 12 countries besides Israel were capable of launching their satellites themselves.

Earlier, the Israel Aerospace Industries, as well as another Israeli company -- Rafael Advanced Defense Systems -- signed a memorandum of understanding with Group 42, a UAE-based high-tech enterprise.

Quelle: i24

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With Iran in its sights, Israel launches new spy satellite into orbit

Ofek-16, an ‘optoelectronic reconnaissance satellite with advanced capabilities,’ undergoing tests after entering orbit. Netanyahu: Boosts ability to tackle enemies ‘near and far’

Israel launched a new spy satellite into orbit from a launchpad in the center of the country early Monday morning, the Defense Ministry said.

“The Defense Ministry and Israel Aerospace Industries successfully launched into space the reconnaissance satellite ‘Ofek-16,’ which entered into its orbit,” the ministry said in a statement.

Defense Minister Benny Gantz hailed the launch of the Ofek-16 satellite as a “mighty achievement for the defense establishment, the defense industries in general and Israel Aerospace Industries in particular.”

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the successful launch “very much increases our ability to act against Israel’s enemies, near and far alike. It greatly expands our ability to act on land, at sea, in the air and also in space.”

Israel is one of a small number of countries in the world that operate reconnaissance satellites, giving it advanced intelligence-gathering capabilities. As of April, this cadre included Iran, which successfully launched a spy satellite into orbit after years of failed attempts.

“Our network of satellites lets us watch the entire Middle East — and even a bit more than that,” said Shlomi Sudari, the head of IAI’s space program.

The reconnaissance satellite was fired into space at 4 a.m. using a Shavit launch vehicle that took off from a launchpad in the Palmachim air base in central Israel, the ministry said.

 
 
 
 
 

 

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