Russia is preparing to provide Iran with an advanced satellite system that will increase its military espionage capabilities, current and former US and Middle Eastern officials with knowledge of the situation told The Washington Post.
The Russian-produced Canopus V satellite with Russian hardware would be launched in Russia, where Iran could use the satellite to spy on any target, including U.S. troops in Iraq and military bases in Israel, whenever the country wanted.
The satellite would have a camera resolution of 1
Since 2018, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Corps has been traveling to Russia to negotiate this deal, and experts from Russia have traveled to Iran to train the country’s crews on how to operate the satellite, according to officials.
Officials said the satellite could be launched in the next few months.
An official says there is concern that Iran will share the satellite information with Iranian militia groups.
USA said Thursday that it would place sanctions on an international network linked to one of the militia groups, the Houthi rebels.
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