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How Israel is using space to spot missile threats from Iran

2nd May 2024 - 18:00 GMT | by Arie Egozi in Tel Aviv


IAI’s OPTSAT 500 micro satellite has been designed for standalone and constellation configurations. (Image: IAI)

A former Israeli space head has recommended that the Israeli Air and Space Arm operate small satellites in swarms to provide the country’s armed forces with region-wide surveillance.

Israel has been strengthening its position in space by accessing locally made satellites featuring different payloads, launchers and other space-related systems.

The Israeli Ministry of Defense initiated a major plan in 2018 to launch a large number of micro-satellites that would operate in swarms and enable real-time surveillance from space of areas of interest, namely Iran.

Israeli sources have told Shephard that the programme would now be accelerated as Israel has accepted that future intelligence from friendly countries will not always be available as it was when Iran launched more than 300 ballistic missiles and armed drones to hit targets

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Arie Egozi


Arie Egozi

Born in Israel, Arie Egozi served in the IDF and holds a political science and …

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