The advanced satellite will significantly enhance the intelligence capabilities of the State of Israel.
The unit deals with geo-visual intelligence gathering, the field is a large one and includes mapping, base location technologies, satellites and photo analysis.
Amos-17 is expected to operate for up to 20 years, with a focus on providing communications services in sub-Saharan Africa. Spacecom said it has already received orders totaling almost $60m.
Spacecom says it will be the most advanced satellite to provide communication services to sub-Saharan Africa.
Amos-17's objective would be to provide TV, cellular and internet services to Africa, Europe and the Middle East.
Opher Doron of Israel Aerospace Industries’ Space Division talks moon missions and nanosatellites with the ‘Magazine’ on the 30th anniversary of Israel’s first satellite launch.
“This decision has long-term strategic significance and is relevant to all the criticial, existential needs of the State of Israel,” Science and Technology Minister Ofir Akunis said.
At a time when the country is facing threats along its borders, when the threat of cyberattacks is on the rise, Israel needs to retain an independent satellite capability.
Israeli satellite confirmed images seen on Twitter of advance Sukhoi Su-35s.
The satellite found significantly high levels of lead in various places in Israel.