2016-07-06 / Mideast

Rio to feature Israeli security

An Israeli high-resolution imaging satellite will strengthen security during the Olympics and Paralympic Games taking place in Rio de Janeiro this summer.

The announcement was made by Brazilian Defense Minister Raul Jungmann, who said the Eros-B satellite would allow very detailed inspections of the city during the sporting events in August and September, the G1 news portal reported.

“This is an Israeli satellite at a low Earth orbit altitude capable of capturing high-resolution images of up to 50 centimeters [about 1 1/2 feet] in an area of 450 kilometers [some 31 miles], thus enabling the identification of objects, people, cars and goods,” Jungmann explained to the local media.

He added that the Eros-B satellite will be used on an experimental basis for six months as a security complement and, in the future, will support in border surveillance.

“Brazil has no need to worry because we have been in touch with the world’s best intelligence agencies and we will bring unique innovations to the Games,” Jungmann said. (JTA)

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