Jerusalem | Israel has launched a spy satellite from a base in the centre of the country, announced on Monday the israeli ministry of Defense, strengthening according to media reports the means of the jewish State to monitor the activities of its enemy Iran.
“The israeli ministry of Defense and the israeli company aeronautics defense and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) have successfully launched the satellite recognition ‘Ofek 16’ ” at 04: 00 local time, said the ministry in a press release.
The observation satellite Ofek 16, propelled into space by the rocket Shavit, is a satellite ” electro-optics with advanced capabilities “, says the text, adding that in a first time, the satellite would undergo a “series of tests” to determine his ” level of performance “.
“The successful launch of the satellite Ofek 16 in the night is a new tremendous achievement for the Defence industry as a whole and for Israel Aerospace Industries in particular “, welcomed in a statement the Defense minister Benny Gantz.
“The technological superiority and intelligence are essential to the safety of the State of Israel (…) We will continue to strengthen and maintain the capabilities of Israel everywhere and on all fronts “, he added.
No other details have been provided on the mission of this satellite. But, according to the radio public in israel, this gear would be within the scope of the monitoring of nuclear activities controversial in Iran.
Tehran is the sworn enemy of Israel, and his former conservative president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had called for “strike out” the jewish State of the map.