Israeli television broadcast what it said were the first satellite images seen in the West of a 27-meter (over 88-foot) missile on a launch pad in Tehran. A missile that large, the report claimed, could reach “far beyond Europe”.
The news report was broadcast by Israel’s Channel 2 Wednesday. According to the report, the missile is capable of launching a spacecraft – or carrying a conventional or non-conventional warhead great distances.
Channel 2 showed satellite images documenting Iran’s “very rapid progress” in the field of long-range missile manufacture. One photograph was of a site near Tehran, which the West has been aware of for two years now, where the Iranians are working on engines for long-range missiles.
The second photo, depicting the missile on its launch pad, was of a secondary site nearby, one the news channel said the West had not seen before.
The photographs were courtesy of the Eros B commercial Earth observation satellite, designed and built by Israel Aircraft Industries, and owned by Israeli firm ImageSat International. The Eros B was launched into orbit in 2006.
Israel has long been warning the West of Iran’s nuclear ambitions. It has publicly condemned any negotiations with Iran which would leave the Islamic Republic with the capability of enriching its own uranium. Iran maintains it wishes to enrich uranium for peaceful purposes, but this has not stopped its various officials from threatening to wipe Israel off the map over the years.