Report: Israeli spy satellite shows pictures of Army Chief’s childhood neighborhood in Tehran
Showing off the capabilities of its new Ofek 5 spy satellite, Israel presented outgoing army chief General Shaul Mofaz on Sunday with high-resolution pictures of the neighborhood where he was brought up in Tehran.
Israeli military radio said the images of the Iranian capital proved the satellite is equipped with cameras, which are "among the best in the world."
Mofaz, whose term as chief of staff ends in early July, immigrated to Israel with his parents from Iran when he was nine years old, AFP said.
Israel launched the Ofek-5 on May 28 to keep an eye on its neighbors and lift it into an exclusive club of states with satellite programs.
The satellite, which circles the earth every 90 minutes, will provide pictures on troop movements, missile-launcher locations or the construction of nuclear sites, according to military experts.
It is able to take pictures of objects as small as a meter in length from a distance of 450 kilometers. The satellite is seen as a major asset for Israel's military intelligence services, especially in the event of a US attack against Iraq. (Albawaba.com)
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