Iran may get advanced satellite from Russia
According to a report, Iran will get a Russian-made Kanopus-V satellite with a high-resolution camera. The Washington Post reported on Friday that Iran might get a Russian sophisticated satellite system that would dramatically improve Tehran's capacity to follow possible military targets across the Middle East and beyond, citing current and former US and Middle Eastern officials. Iran will receive a Russian-made Kanopus-V satellite with a high-resolution camera, according to officials cited by the Post, which 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,” the Post reported. It stated that the launch may come in a matter of months. A current and former US official, as well as a senior Middle Eastern government official briefed on the deal, were among three unidentified sources quoted by the publication. Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin are meeting in Geneva, and Iran and the US are in the midst of indirect discussions to revive a 2015 nuclear agreement that aimed to limit Tehran's nuclear programme in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions. Iranian military officials have been heavily involved in the acquisition of Kanopus-V, which is marketed for civilian use, according to the Post, and leaders of Iran's elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps have visited Russia multiple times since 2018 to help negotiate the terms of the agreement, according to the officials. Russian specialists came to Iran this spring to help train ground personnel who would operate the satellite from a newly built station in the northern city of Karaj, according to the officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of ongoing information collecting activities. According to the Post, the satellite would include Russian gear, including "a camera with a resolution of 1.2 metres — a major advance over Iran's present capabilities, albeit still far below the quality obtained by US espionage satellites." According to the authorities, Iran will be able to “task” the new satellite to spy on sites of its choosing as much as it wants. The Post reported a Middle Eastern person acquainted with the satellite's hardware package as adding, "It's not the greatest in the world, but it's high-resolution and extremely useful for military goals." According to the official, “this capacity will allow Iran to keep an accurate target bank and refresh that target bank within a few hours” every day.