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Israel Launches New 'Ofek-13' spy Satellite into Space

Published on April 06, 2023

Current Context: Israel has successfully launched its new spy satellite 'Ofek-13' into space on March 2023. The satellite is meant to provide advanced intelligence capabilities to the Israeli military and intelligence agencies. Ofek-13 was launched from the prestigious Israeli airbase Palmachim.

Israel Launches New 'Ofek-13' spy Satellite into Space
  • "The 'Ofek-13' satellite is an [synthetic-aperture radar] observation satellite with advanced capabilities," the defence Ministry said in a statement after the launch.
  • The launch of the Ofek-13 satellite comes at a time of rising tension levels in the Middle East, with Israel facing security threats from various sources.
  • Ofek-16 was launched into space in July 2020, and won Israel's top security award last year. These satellites are operated by the IDF's Military Intelligence Directorate.
  • Ofek-13 will be handed over to Unit 9900 once it is considered fully operational.


Q.1 Which country is launching the ‘Ofek-13’?
a. Bangladesh
b. Pakistan
c. India
d. Israel

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