The Solar Occultation FTS for Inclined-orbit Satellite (SOFIS) is a solar-occultation Fourier-transform spectrometer developed by the Environment Agency of Japan (EA). SOFIS onboard the Global Change Observation Mission-Al (GCOM-Al) satellite will be put into a 650 km non-sun-synchronous orbit with an inclination angle of 69 deg. GCOM-Al is scheduled to be launched in spring 2006. SOFIS is the successor of the Improved Limb Atmospheric Spectrometer-II (ILAS-II), which with travel onboard the Advanced Earth Observing Satellite-II (ADEOS-II). SOFIS will measure vertical profiles of atmospheric constituents with 0.2 cm-1 spectral resolution at 3 - 13 micrometer with 1 km vertical resolution. The scientific objective of SOFIS is to measure global vertical distributions of O3, N2O, CH4, CO2, H2O, HNO3, NO2, aerosols, CFC-11, CFC-12, and ClONO2. SOFIS uses a double-pass dual-pendulum type Fourier transform spectrometer (FTS) and a diode laser sampling system to reduce the size and weight of the apparatus. Two photovoltaic (PV) HgCdTe (MCT) detectors and a pulse-tube cooler will provide high linearity and low-noise performance. SOFIS also has a visible (O2 A band) grating spectrometer for pressure and temperature retrieval and a sun- edge sensor for detecting the tangent height position. This paper describes the characteristics of SOFIS and test results of laboratory models of the FTS and the detector.