The Israel Ministry of Defense, Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) received the first images collected by the “Ofek 13” satellite.
About two weeks after the satellite’s launch into space, the Directorate of Defense Research and Development’s (DDR&D) Space Administration engineering teams, IAI, and the IDF’s 9900 unit activated the "Ofek 13" satellite's synthetic-aperture radar (SAR) for the first time on April 9.
Since the satellite launch on March 29th, the IAI and IMoD teams conducted a planned series of tests during which they gradually activated all of the systems and subsystems that comprise the satellite including the SAR payload. The tests were successfully activated. The engineering teams will continue the rigorous testing process to prepare the satellite for operational use in accordance with the pre-planned protocol.
The "Ofek 13" satellite is a SAR observation satellite with advanced capabilities.
In the coming weeks, following the completion of the In Orbit Tests led by IAI, the DDR&D and the IDF, the Israel Ministry of Defense will deliver the satellite to the IDF's 9900 Intelligence Unit for operational use.