Russia prepares to launch spy satellite on behalf of Iran

15:59 05 August Kyiv, Ukraine

On Iran's order, Russia plans to send a reconnaissance satellite into orbit, which will greatly expand Tehran's ability to spy on military targets in the Middle East, but first Moscow intends to use the satellite to help its military fighting in Ukraine.
 
This is reported by The Washington Post, citing sources in Western intelligence services.
“This is another sign of the growing political and military cooperation between Moscow and Tehran,” the newspaper writes.
Negotiations on Tehran's purchase of the Canopus-5 spacecraft lasted four years. On August 9, Roskosmos plans to launch it from the Baikonur Cosmodrome.

However, Iran will not receive access to the satellite immediately.. For the first few months or longer, Russia will use it to monitor military targets in Ukraine.

The device, called Khayyam, will be equipped with a 1.2-meter camera - much less than on American reconnaissance satellites, but will still give the Iranians unprecedented capabilities, including maintaining near-constant monitoring of objects in Israel and the Persian Gulf.

In early June, Dmitry Rogozin, at that time the head of Roskosmos, spoke about the critical shortage of satellites for the needs of the Ministry of Defense and constant monitoring of the battles in Ukraine. According to him, now Russia has 161 devices, and thousands are needed.