CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Monday's launching of the TecSar satellite was to have taken place in September, The Jerusalem Post reports.
The launch of the TecSar spy satellite should have taken place within three months of the June launch of the Ofek-7 spy satellite.
Because the spy satellites significantly increase Israel's ability to monitor Iran's nuclear program, Tehran engaged Muslim and Communist politicians in India to sabotage the launch agreement with Israel.
"The Iranians are scared of the potential this new satellite will bring Israel. They are doing everything they can to prevent its launch," a Western defense official told Jerusalem Post correspondent Yaacov Katz.
Though they managed to delay the launching, the Indian government made good on its agreement with Israel, successfully launching the TecSar with an Indian Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle early Monday morning.
"The TECSAR is the first satellite of its kind developed in Israel and ranks among the world's most advanced space systems," read a press release from Israeli Aerospace Industries (IAI).
The satellite is expected to begin transmitting images to IAI's ground station within two weeks.
Source: The Jerusalem Post