Today (27/9), Iran’s Revolutionary Guards successfully launched the third military satellite, which was then put into orbit.
The Noor-3 satellite is in orbit 450 km above the Earth’s surface and was launched by an Iranian Qassent rocket, state media reported, which launched the previous satellite, Noor-2, in 2022.
According to the US military, the same launch vehicle was used to launch the satellite into orbit, which could allow Tehran to launch longer-range weapons, possibly with nuclear warheads.
The Aerospace Force of #Iran's #IRGC has achieved a significant milestone by successfully placing the Noor 3 imaging satellite into a 450-kilometer orbit around the Earth using a domestically produced satellite launcher.https://t.co/Rm3pogOQuV pic.twitter.com/1MwjHW6ZNm
— Tasnim News Agency (@Tasnimnews_EN) September 27, 2023
The Iranian Aerospace Forces successfully launched the Noor 3 satellite into a 450-kilometer orbit around the Earth using a domestically produced launch vehicle.
Tehran denies US claims that the activity is a cover for ballistic missile development and says it has never sought nuclear weapons.
Иран запустил третий военный спутник "Noor 3" pic.twitter.com/cglHnolH2m
— Athens News (@russianathens) September 27, 2023
Iran, which has one of the largest missile programs in the Middle East, has failed several satellite launches in recent years due to technical problems.
On September 19, the Biden administration announced new sanctions against Iran, targeting a number of individuals and entities in Russia, China and Turkey over Tehran’s development of unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) and military aircraft.
The media recalled that in 2019, the Russian Foreign Ministry imposed sanctions on Iran’s civilian space agency and two research organizations, saying that they were being used to develop Tehran’s ballistic missile program.