Barak on Ofek 9: 'Brings us tactical, strategic technology'

June 23, 2010 10:52

The Ofek 9 spy satellite launched into space from Palmahim Air Force Base on Tuesday night began transmitting Wednesday morning, Army Radio reported.

The new satellite joins 5 other Israeli spy satellites already operational.On the night of the launch, Defense Minister Ehud Barak declared, "Today's launch brings us tactical and strategic technology.  Few countries, especially countries of a similar size to Israel, are capable of such a complex achievement." He added, "The success of the launch is a symbol of the prowess, intelligence and high capability of the individuals involved in the defense industry and the defense establishment." 

According to the defense industry, Ofek 9 is "made specifically for long distances," including Iranian nuclear facilities.

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