Iran to track potential military targets with advanced Russian satellite: Report

Iran to track potential military targets with advanced Russian satellite: Report
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Iran will soon be able to track potential military targets across the Middle East and beyond. As Russia is all set to provide advanced satellite system that would greatly boost Tehran’s defence systems.

According to a report in The Washington Post, Iran would get a Russian-made Kanopus-V satellite. It will allow Tehran to continuously keep an eye on facilities ranging from Persian Gulf oil refineries and Israeli military bases to Iraqi barracks that house US troops.

Reports indicate that the launch could happen within months. The newspaper (Washington Post) cited three unnamed sources. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

The report comes before the US President Joe Biden and Russia’s Vladimir Putin meeting in Geneva. Also, Iran and the US are engaged in indirect talks on reviving the 2015 nuclear deal. The nuclear deal which is designed to put curbs on Tehran’s nuclear program in exchange for easing economic sanctions.

Iran and its ambitions

It seems that Iran was heavily involved in the acquisition of Kanopus-V. As it is marketed for civilian use, and leaders of Iran’s elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps have visited Russia multiple times since 2018 for the same.

There are reports that Russian experts traveled to Iran this spring to help train ground crews in operating the satellite from a newly built facility near the northern city of Karaj.

The satellite would feature Russian hardware, including a camera with a resolution of 1.2 meters.

Now concerns grow over Iran and its amity with the militia. Iran might also share the imagery with pro-Iranian militia groups across the region.

Last year in April, Iran’s Revolutionary Guards had launched an indigenous military satellite dubbed Noor-1.

The then US secretary of state Mike Pompeo also condemned the launch.

The US had also highlighted how the launch was inconsistent with UN Security Council Resolution 2231.

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