Russian space company Alfa Eco plans to join forces with the Intersputnik international space communication firm to launch Iraqi communication satellites, the Interfax news agency reported, quoting space industry sources.
"Iraq said it was interested in launching a small communications satellite, in order to restore its television broadcasting and reconstruct its telephone grid," the unnamed Russian sources were quoted as saying.
Neither side aims to restore Iraq's military telecommunications network, the sources added.
Alfa Eco, which has begun preliminary analysis of the project, has yet to determine its cost, but "such projects are usually worth hundreds of millions of dollars," the sources said.
An Alfa Eco official quoted by the agency said the space company was ready to work on the project. — (AFP, Moscow)
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