Jerusalem: Israel is to launch its most advanced spy satellite, TecSar, aboard an Indian launcher in September to monitor developments on Iran’s nuclear installations, a media report here said.
The new satellite, the first Israeli satellite with Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) capabilities, is capable of transmitting tiny images in all weather conditions, ‘The Jerusalem Post Online´ reported.
The TecSar has been developed by Israel Aerospace Industries and weighs just over 300 kg.It will be the first time that Israel will launch a satellite aboard an Indian rocket.
Israel had last month successfully launched its spy satellite, Ofek 7, but TecSar can create images of objects on earth even in cloudy weather conditions, a capability not available with the Ofek satellites.
The Ofek 7 is a camera-based satellite, while TecSar is capable of creating high-resolution images using advanced radar technology.
“This new satellite will be a major leap for the Israel Defence Forces and its operational capabilities,” a senior defence official was quoted as saying by the ‘Post´.
“This will enhance our intelligence gathering capabilities, and its successful launch will place Israel as one of the leading countries in the world in satellite development,” he said.
The decision to launch the missile from India was reached three years ago during a visit there by then-Defence Ministry director general Amos Yaron, the report said.