Ofeq 5 [IAI]
OpSat probably similar
In June 2012 the Italian Defense Ministry announced a contract to buy the OpSat high-resolution optical reconnaissance satellite from Israel as part of an offset package agreed to in exchange for the Israeli Defense Ministryís purchase of Italian trainer aircraft.
OpSat is regarded as a gap-filler until the Italian-made optical reconnaissance satellite OpSIS for Italian defense authorities becomes operational.
The 300 kg satellite to be purchased by Italy as part of the contractís offset package would have a ground sampling distance sharper than 1 meter. Its performance could approach that of Israelís Ofeq 9 optical reconnaissance satellite, which was launched in 2009.
The satellite would use the IMPS-2 platform built by Israel Aerospace Industries.
|Type / Application:||Reconnaissance, optical|
|Operator:||Italian Defense Ministry|
|Power:||2 deployable fixed solar arrays, batteries|