First step towered to 'Middle East Echelon' ?
- Egypt is developing reconnaissance capability to monitor the entire Middle
Source : Middle East Online, February 01, 2001 http://www.menewsline.com
The capability is being developed with the United States in what is
described as a civilian effort. But Egyptian officials said Cairo's contract
with U.S. firms is the first step toward a full-scale space reconnaissance
program meant to compete with Israel.
Officials said the current space program allows Egypt to obtain satellite
data in a 2,500 kilometer diameter of the southern city of Aswan. This would
include most of North Africa and the Levant.
"This project will establish Egypt as a regional leader in earth observation
and remote sensing capabilities," said Mohammed Adel Yehia, chairman of
Egypt's National Authority for Remote Sensing and Space Science. "We look
forward to bringing the benefits of satellite technology to the entire
Officials did not detail the extent of Egypt's control over the satellite
facility. Under the previous Clinton administration, Israel obtained a
pledge not to allow U.S. satellites to provide imaging data of the Jewish
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