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In June 2012 the Italian Defense Ministry announced a contract to buy the OPTSAT-3000 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. The mission is also called SHALOM (Spaceborne Hyperspectral Applicative Land and Ocean Mission).

OPTSAT-3000 was regarded as a gap-filler until the now cancelled Italian-made optical reconnaissance satellite OpSIS for Italian defense authorities became operational. It will allow national defense entities to acquire and use high-resolution images from any part of the globe.

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 OPTSAT-3000 system is supplied by the prime contractor Telespazio, a joint venture between Leonardo (67%) and Thales (33%). Telespazio is responsible for the entire system, including the satellite, ground segment, launch and early orbital operations, preparation and execution of operations and logistics, in-orbit tests and commissioning. The satellite and ground control systems were built by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), chosen by the Italian Ministry of Defense on the basis of an inter-governmental agreement between Italy and Israel. OHB Italia is responsible for the launch services and related engineering support.

The satellite uses the three-axis stabilized IMPS-2 platform built by Israel Aerospace Industries and is generally similar to Ofeq 11 satellite.

The OPTSAT-3000 system will be inter-operable with Italyís second-generation COSMO-SkyMed radar satellites. This will give the Italian Defense Ministry access to state-of-the-art technology, and ensure maximum operational capabilities because of the combined optical and radar data offered by the two systems.

Nation: Italy
Type / Application: Reconnaissance, optical
Operator: Italian Defense Ministry
Contractors: IAI
Configuration: IMPS-2 Bus
Power: 2 deployable fixed solar arrays, batteries
Lifetime: +7 years
Mass: 368 kg
Orbit: 440 km × 450 km, 97.22į
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
OPTSAT-3000 (SHALOM) 2017-044A 02.08.2017 Ko ELV Vega with VENµS