Amid growing crises with Syria snd Iran: Israel launches new spy satellite
Israel launched a new spy satellite on Monday in a move that defense officials said would boost surveillance over states like Syria and Iran. Ofek 7, which was launched from an air base on Israel's coast, will join its predecessor Ofek 5, in space since 2002.
The new satellite will orbit 200 to 500 km above the earth and is set to start relaying photographs by week's end. "The successful launch adds an important layer to Israel's defence capabilities and it is a testament to Israel's technological strength," Israel's Defense Minister Amir Peretz said in a statement, cited by Reuters.
Haim Eshed, head of the Defence Ministry's space directorate, told Army Radio that Ofek 7 would help Israel "deal with the Iranian issue". Eshed declined to discuss Ofek 7's capabilities. But he said that its civilian counterpart, Israeli satellite Eros, was able to photograph objects as small as 70 cm across.
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