India launches spy satellite

Israeli-built satellite to boost New Delhi's surveillance capabilities.

    The satellite was launched from a 
    site in southern India [AFP]

    In 2007, Israel replaced France as the second-largest arms supplier to India after Russia.

    The new satellite provides India with the capability to monitor its international borders, anticipate any troop build-up or infiltration attempts by armed groups and track incoming ballistic missiles, defence officials said.

    Last year, an Israeli satellite launched from an Indian base sparked a controversy as Iran claimed the satellite would be used to take images of Iran. But both India and Israel denied this.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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