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.