An agreement has been signed by Saudi Minister of Defense, Mohammad bin Salman, and the CEO of Lockheed Martin, Marillyn Hewson, on 31 Jan. in Riyadh, under which the American aerospace company will provide the ministry with live satellite imagery of Yemen war zones, set to begin from March 2017, a Defense Ministry official said.
The company agreed to give Saudi Defense Ministry access to high-resolution aerial images taken by World View-3 satellite which features state-of-the-art cameras with shortwave infrared sensors to see through mist, haze, smoke, dust and other airborne particulates for photographing the Earth’s surface, Twitter account @PSJCommunity reported.
Interestingly, according to the company’s internal regulations, the company has only allowed itself to sell several-month old high-resolution images, but Saudi Arabia once again managed to lure an organization into circumventing a law and sell live images in exchange for big Saudi money.
Protraction of the Yemen war has cost Saudi Arabia billions of dollars, so the country is trying to find a way to save itself from the whirlpool of the war.
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