BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 P.M.) – Israel announced on Monday that they had successfully launched a reconnaissance satellite into space in its first experiment in this field.

The announcement came from the spokesperson of the Israeli army, Avichay Adraee, who tweeted:

“The Ministry of Defense confirmed that the space administration at the Research and Development Directorate and the Space Industries Authority succeeded by launching the Horizon 16 reconnaissance satellite into space, at four in the morning Jerusalem time.”

Adraee continued: “I am talking about an electric optical survey satellite that is equipped with advanced technical capabilities, and it will be subjected in the near future to a series of tests to determine its suitability and performance level.”

This move by Israel comes just a few months after Iran successfully launched its first satellite into orbit.

The Iranian launch, which was condemned by the United States and its allies, marked the first time that the Islamic Republic was able to successfully send a satellite into orbit.

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