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On July 6, at Four a.m., the Israeli Aerospace Agency and Israel Aerospace Industries launched the Ofek-16satellite tv for pc (“Orpheus”) from the Palmachim air base, virtually within the centre of the Jewish State.

 The service was a Shavit 2 rocket and, after about 90 minutes of journey, the satellite tv for pc entered into orbit recurrently in line with calculations.

Elbit System additionally collaborated in this system, organized by the MLM division of IAI. It offered the Jupiter Space digital camera with excessive spectral decision, as much as 50 centimetres and from a peak of 600 kilometres, whereas the Ofek-16digital camera can {photograph} 15 sq. kilometres in a single shot. Other corporations included the Rafael Advanced Defense System and Tomer, which constructed the launch engines, in addition to Baer System and Cielo Inertial Systems, for navigation programs and satellite tv for pc full autonomy.

Ofek-16 is a satellite tv for pc designed for superior optoelectronic reconnaissance, which has on board a a lot improved model of the excessive definition electro-optical imaging system of the already used Jupiter digital camera, which remains to be current within the OPSAT-3000 satellite tv for pc, with a decision additional elevated to 0.5 meters.

 So far Israel already has ten Ofek satellites operational, however solely 13 nations on the earth are able to launching one of these spacecraft, of which the primary Israeli one was despatched into house on September 19, 1988.

Israel, nevertheless, by no means discloses the exact variety of superior satellites it has in orbit, however we all know that Ofek-9, which is able to return to earth in two months, remains to be operational, along with Ofek-11, in addition to Ofek-8 (TechSAR 1) and Ofek-10 (TechSar 2), that are satellites with artificial aperture radars that enable steady strategic management of the bottom.

As common, the pictures produced by the Ofek satellites will likely be analysed by the 9900 Intelligence Unit, however we also needs to recall the Amos army communication satellites, whose community covers all of the strategically related areas of the world.

It must be recalled that the 9900 Unit is a part of the Israeli Defence Forces and offers solely with Imagery Intelligence (IMINT). Together with the 8200 Unit, which offers with Signal Intelligence (SIGINT) and the 504 Unit, which gives glorious Human Intelligence (HUMINT) and in addition sends covert brokers all over the place on the earth, it kinds your complete army Intelligence, Aman.

Netanyahu mentioned enigmatically that this new satellite tv for pc “significantly strengthens Israel’s defences against near and far opponents”.

Obviously the reference right here is especially to the Islamic Republic of Iran, however the means to manage the territory, the actions and the constructions is important to Israel to observe the entire Middle East, and never solely it.

 Now, actually, with the Ofek-16 satellite tv for pc, Israel can observe the entire Middle East and different areas with nice precision.

The Israeli reference right here is to the sending of the primary Iranian spy satellite tv for pc, launched on the finish of final April after a number of unsuccessful makes an attempt.

 The Islamic “Revolutionary Guard Corps” have actually despatched their first fashionable spy satellite tv for pc, Noor 1(“light”), into house. It was introduced into orbit by the Ghasedrocket, by no means talked about earlier than by the Iranian authorities and media.

Undoubtedly, the Ofek-16satellite tv for pc is designed to carefully monitor the Iranian nuclear program, however the race for satellite tv for pc IMINT has now unfold to your complete Middle East and the Maghreb area. In reality, in just a few days Tunisia will launch its self-produced and designed satellite tv for pc, referred to as Challenge ONE, despatched into house by the historic Russian (certainly, Kazakh) Baikonur  Cosmodrome, whereas the United Arab Emirates have even launched their very own Mars Mission.

The Emirates reconstituted their Space Agency in 2014 and an Arab Space Coordination Group was additionally established in March 2019, with the participation of Jordan, Bahrain, Algeria, Sudan, Lebanon, Kuwait, Morocco and Egypt.

 A brand new satellite tv for pc, which will likely be referred to as “813”, will likely be developed on the Emirates’ University in Al Ayn and will likely be operational in three years. The knowledge will likely be reprocessed by a centre in Bahrain.

However, the Pan-Arab Space Agency’s goal is allegedly to construct satellites to observe local weather change and environmental transformations.

813, nevertheless is the 12 months wherein the House of Wisdom was established in Baghdad, through the reign of Al Ma’mun.

In Egypt the satellite tv for pc system is predicated on TIBA-1, a army satellite tv for pc designed and constructed by Thales, Alenia Space and Airbus, within the historic factories of Toulouse.

Egypt additionally has EgyptSat 2, additionally referred to as MisrSat 2, constructed and designed by the Russian firm Energy and the Egyptian firm NARSS – a satellite tv for pc that has been in operation since 2013.

 Saudi Arabia also can depend on Saudisat 2, 3, 5A and 5B, for communications, along with the World View Scout 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6.

 The varied sorts of Chinese satellites at the moment in orbit are as many as 363.

China needs house supremacy over the United States and can make no concessions to it or, even much less, to Europe whereas, sooner or later, it may help its allies within the Middle East.

 China owns an important anti-satellite system, particularly SC-19, a kinetic power ASAT automobile which is launched by a medium vary ballistic missile, working since 2007, which straight hits an enemy satellite tv for pc.

China additionally owns the Dong-Neng-Three and the Hongqi-19, some anti-satellite missiles already examined in 2015, whereas China has additionally already examined ASAT satellites with robotic arms for inspections and repairs. Shortly China will even launch its Mars mission often called “Tianwen-1”, which will likely be in house in just a few days.

With particular reference to Iran, to which we’ve already made intensive reference, probably the most used base by the Pasdaran and house services is the one referred to as “Imam Khomeini”, which is the principle one among the many eight Iranian nationwide satellite tv for pc and missile websites, positioned within the Semnan province east of Tehran.

Between 2009 and 2015 about 45 satellites had been despatched into house from varied Iranian websites, however none of them lasted in orbit quite a lot of months.

 Certainly the Iranian house launchers are primarily based mostly on the refinement of Iran’s ICBMs. Iran has additionally not too long ago established a “Centre for Space Monitoring”, which primarily makes use of radar, radio-optical applied sciences and radio monitoring.

 There is already a centre, operational since 2018, which tracks – with particular radars – all of the satellites in Low Earth Orbit (LEO).

 So far Iran has primarily two launch autos, Safir 1 and Safir 2, which is usually referred to as Simorgh.

 In the Iranian house system, the specialised Agency created in 2004, is below the management of the Ministry for Information and Communications Technology, but it surely relies upon primarily on the Supreme Space Council, which is chaired by the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

 As is already recognized, Iran can reproduce ICBM and LCBM missiles and weapons in giant portions, given the know-how that, nonetheless right this moment, typically outcomes from the Taepo Dong, No Dong and different missiles developed by North Korea.

 Moreover, throughout a army parade in late 2019, Iran unveiled an autochthonous ballistic missile, particularly Labbayk-1, which is predicted to rework each the Zelzal and the Fateh-110 conventional Iranian ballistic missiles into guided weapons and satellite tv for pc launchers.

In all probability, Iran has already obtained from China and Russia the laser applied sciences that “pierce” the environment and permit to hit digital power satellites or kinetic weapons with different superior applied sciences or digital jamming weapons.

 It was in 1990 that Russia agreed to construct and design – along with scientists from Iran – the primary fashionable army and civilian nuclear energy plant.

 In 2012, nevertheless, Iran and North Korea signed an settlement “for Civilian and Technological Scientific Cooperation”, which to this point has been an amazing switch of army and, above all, nuclear know-how.

 Iran has additionally proved to have exceptional means to switch or blind the GPS programs.

 In 2011, Iran claimed it had compelled a U.S. RQ-170 drone to land inside its borders, after having disrupted and manipulated its communications with the reference satellite tv for pc, in addition to its GPS receiver.

 An Iranian base in one of many many islands within the Strait of Hormuz has been lengthy modifying the communications of aircrafts and ships in order that they unintentionally arrive in Iranian territorial waters and are captured by it.

 Also in 2019, the then Commander-in-Chief of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps notified the remainder of the world of the development and graduation of an autonomous system of {hardware} for cyberwarfare and protection of antagonistic jamming, a system referred to as Seperh 110, which is meant to cowl all cyberwarfare operational models.

 This 12 months, the “Iran’s Centre for Autonomous Jihad and Research” has introduced it has constructed a conveyable anti-jamming system which, as Iran claims, would even be capable of determine and destroy drones.

Iran has already demonstrated its cybercapabilities: some operations have already been made in opposition to U.S. essential infrastructure, in addition to the 2012 Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) assault, in opposition to some U.S. banks and telecommunication corporations, which led to a lack of over 5 million U.S. {dollars}.

 Again in 2019, the FBI was the goal of covert entry and knowledge removing operations – most likely coming from Iran- regarding U.S. satellite tv for pc applied sciences.

 Iran has additionally constructed the Shamoon pc virus, which is able to destroying and cancelling whole inside pc programs. In some intervals of 2019, Iranian assaults on pc networks had been estimated at virtually 500 million per day.

 Meanwhile, Israel is growing the intelligence saturated fight mannequin – albeit it’s nonetheless in a non-operational part – by combining synthetic intelligence, knowledge fusion from varied sources, augmented actuality and large knowledge.

 The 3D mapping that’s offered is totally real looking. It must be recalled that it was Israel that responded – for the primary time – to a cyberattack with a standard counter-attack, to destroy the cyber headquarters of Hamas in early May 2019.

Hence at the moment the Middle East steadiness of satellite tv for pc weapons and weapon programs that rely upon house networks is infinitely extra complicated than we are able to think about.

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