Azerbaijan purchases two spy satellites from Israel Aerospace Industries

By Arie Egozi

Israel will sell two spy satellites to Azerbaijan. Eli Cohen, the foreign minister of Israel, announced on Monday in an interview with local news outlet "Zman Israel " that Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has been contracted to supply two spy satellites to Azerbaijan.

Azeri space agency Azercosmos currently operates two satellites: one for observation and one for communication.

Last week this agency reported that it had lost contact with its Azersky satellite. Azercosmos has given up trying to get in touch with Azersky, despite the fact that it is still in orbit. As a result, Azercosmos declared that it was starting a project to construct “a new, higher-resolution observation satellite project, which responds to the challenges of modern technological development in accordance with the wishes of local institutions”.

Israel Aerospace Industries is a major manufacturer of space systems. The company has been manufacturing spy and communication satellites that are in orbit.

Only recently Israel launched its new spy satellite into space.

The Ofek-13 satellite was developed based on the experience of the defense establishment and IAI in the production of earlier satellites in the “Ofek” series, which have been launched since 1988.

The IMoD’s Space and Satellite Administration has led the development and production of the satellite and its launcher. The development process also includes the IDF’s 9900 Intelligence Unit and the Israeli Air Force. IAI is the prime contractor for the development of the satellite, launcher, and ground station monitoring system. The System Missiles and Space Group led by the Space division operates the project alongside with ELTA, an IAI subsidiary, and the MLM division. The launch engines were developed by Rafael Advanced Systems and Tomer, a government-owned company.



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