TEHRAN, BM, ($1=42,105 rial) – An upgraded and modern Konopus satellite system developed by Russian space engineers will spy on Iran. The new spy satellite has precision cameras with very high resolution. The satellite has already been delivered to Iran and according to Russian sources, its launch is expected in 2021.
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The project involves Iranian and Russian companies that signed an agreement to build a spy satellite for space surveillance as far back as 2014. However, the new satellite system worries the West, the United States, and American allies in the Middle East.
According to journalists from The Washington Post, the new satellite system will significantly improve, even increase Iran’s ability to observe from space, which is worrying. Military bases in Israel, various military installations in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates will be on display in Tehran.
The Washington Post quoted sources in the United States and Israel as saying that tracking potential military targets in the Middle East and beyond would be much easier than Iran.
“This will significantly improve Iran’s espionage capabilities by allowing continuous surveillance of facilities ranging from oil refineries in the Persian Gulf and Israeli military bases to Iraqi barracks where US troops stationed,” The Washington Post said.
In recent years, Tehran has been trying hard to access orbit around the Earth and take advantage of satellite technology. In February last year, Iran failed to launch a satellite into orbit. The launch vehicle successfully launched the satellite, but the lack of speed did not allow it to reach the desired orbit.
There was a similar unsuccessful launch in 2019 when the reasons were again the lack of sufficient speed and power.
A few months later that year, Iran successfully launched a satellite into space, the first in the country’s history. The military satellite Nur (Light) was launched into orbit on April 22 at an altitude of 425 km by a rocket carrier “Caced” (“Messenger”). So far there is no information about the technical capabilities of the satellite.
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