The United States is deeply concerned about Iran's ability to use a Russian satellite to track potential targets in the Middle East. According to The Washington Post, Tehran will receive the corresponding satellite system from Moscow.
According to the publication, linking to multiple sources, Russia will sell satellite to Iran “Kanopus-B” civilian use, but which can also be used for military purposes. Satellite-mounted camera with resolution 1,2 meter significantly surpasses Iranian technologies. Besides, it is equipped with wide-grip infrared equipment with a swath 2000 km.
In the USA they fear, that with the help of this satellite, the Iranian military will be able to monitor US and Israeli military installations in the region. Of particular concern is the possibility of this information reaching the, supported by Iran. It's about the Houthis in Yemen, Hezbollah in Libya and Syria, etc., who have ranged weapons, capable of striking detected targets.
According to a source publication, Iran has expressed a desire to purchase a satellite in 2018 year, representatives of the authorities and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps repeatedly flew to Moscow for negotiations. This spring, Russian specialists visited Iran, where ground specialists were trained in spacecraft control.
Satellite launch “Kanopus-B” will happen in “coming months”, the ground control base will be located near the city of Karaj in northern Iran.