Russiainfo-icon is set to launch an advanced satellite on behalf of Iraninfo-icon on 9 August, substantially boosting Iran's current spaceinfo-icon capabilities, according to a statement by Roscosmos space agency.

Russia will launch "Khayyam" Earthinfo-icon observation satellite on a Russian Soyuz rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstaninfo-icon, the statement reads.

The Kanopus-V (Canopus-B) satellite will be launched in fulfillment of a deal negotiated between Russia and Iran over nearly four years, writes the Washington Post.

The Kanopus-V system was created for the purpose of monitoring real-time emergencies, including natural and man-made disasters.

The Russian Space Web online blog describes it as an imaging satellite with a panchromatic camera that can capture images of the Earth's surface with a resolution of 2.1 meters and a sweep of twenty kilometers.

At a starting cost of $17 million, Kanopus-V will be fitted with a high-resolution camera that will give Tehraninfo-icon unprecedented capabilities, potentially allowing for near-continuous monitoring of its adversaries in West Asiainfo-icon.

Of concern to Tehran's western adversaries is that Iran may now be able to conduct continuous surveillance of military assets in Israelinfo-icon and economic hubs in the Persian Gulfinfo-icon countries, benefiting from the satellite's sun-synchronous orbit.

An unidentified western security official told the Washington Post that Iran's version of Kanopus-V is expected be fitted with a camera capable of a 1.2 meters resolution.

"This is obviously a clear and present danger to the United Statesinfo-icon and our allies in the Middle Eastinfo-icon and abroad," said Richard Goldberg, a top Iran analyst in the Trump administration's National Security Council.

However, western mediainfo-icon claimed that Iran would not gain control of the satellite for several months, as Russia plans to station it over Ukraineinfo-icon for the duration of its military operation.

No official acknowledgement or denial of the allegation was provided during the meeting between Roscosmos Director General Yury Borisov and the Iranian Ambassador to Russia Kazem Jalali on 3 August.

"You are our dear and frequent guests. Recently, we have had a very intensive schedule of contacts, and I am sure that in the future, we will be able to increase the pace to strengthen our relations," said Borisov.

Over the past few years, the Iranian Space Agency (ISA), which is under the command of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technologyinfo-icon and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), has launched several experiential satellites in a renewed bid to revive their space program.

Iran launched Noor 1 satellite in 2020, followed by Zuljanah in January, and Noor 2 in March.