Russia has involved ten reconnaissance satellites
to provide support for its operation against terrorists in Syria, Chief of the Russian General Staff Valery Gerasimov said on Tuesday.
US intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance satellites
can observe far over the horizon, providing ample warning time to react to enemy moves and countermoves and help to ensure that adversary attacks fail--similar to the contributions of airborne reconnaissance in World War I.
Based on application, satellites can be classified as communication satellites, navigational satellites, reconnaissance satellites
, remote sensing satellites, and so on.
They were originally intended for the "Future Imaginary Architecture" programme aimed at creating a new generation of reconnaissance satellites
for US intelligence.
Debris - including old satellites as well as pieces of rockets and other space equipment - are orbiting the Earth and threaten to collide with functioning communications and reconnaissance satellites
The satellite, known as Ofek 10, is one of a group of reconnaissance satellites
that gather information for military purposes.
The programs resulted into the development of A-2 (OXCART) U-2 aircrafts and CORONA reconnaissance satellites
system, which later on generated enormous data for strategic analyzed, which was collected as a resulted of eavesdrop on Soviet and Chinese missile and nuclear capabilities.
According to previous reports, the satellite is the second in the new Persona series of electro-optical reconnaissance satellites
based on the Resurs DK remote sensing satellite.
Initially, the DMSP program was highly classified and run by the National Reconnaissance Program (NRP), in support of the CORONA program, and its first reconnaissance satellites
The newspaper also pointed out that US reconnaissance satellites
and drones are monitoring the Syrian chemical weapons stockpiles.
Zolotukhin said the military spacecraft would join a network of 70 Russian military reconnaissance satellites
after reaching the orbit.
The NRO is a Department of Defense agency within the intelligence community that designs, builds, and operates the nation's reconnaissance satellites