USE THIS ONEFor the first time, the Israeli Ministry of Defense has released images taken by the recently launched Ofek 16 satellite in recent days. These images were taken over Syria and show the Tadmor world heritage site, ancient ruins and the renowned Roman theatre. Ofek 16, which was successfully launched into space last month, is an electro-optical reconnaissance satellite with advanced capabilities. It is equipped with a high-quality camera developed and manufactured by Elbit Systems. The camera has the best performance and weight characteristics available on the market.

The Space Administration of the Directorate of Defense Research and Development (DDR&D), in the Israel Ministry of Defense, is also revealing the national infrastructure for the production of space cameras. This infrastructure is shared by the Ministry of Defense and Elbit Systems. The engineering teams of the DDR&D and IAI are continuing their work in preparing the Ofek 16 satellite for operational use. In the near future, and upon the completion of the ‘in orbit testing’ process led by the DDR&D, IAI, and the IDF’s Intelligence Directorate, the Ministry of Defense will transfer the satellite to IDF Unit 9900 for operational use.

The Ofek 16 satellite.

Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz said “the State of Israel knows how to defend against its enemies both near and far, as well as to protect its citizens everywhere, from any given location. The technological means we develop in the Ministry of Defense together with our industries, are effective and significant tools in maintaining Israel’s security. We will continue to work and promote Israel’s technological advance and edge, an element that is essential in contending with the many challenges we face.”


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