Satellite photos said to show damage from attack on Iran centrifuge site


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Satellite photos said to show damage from attack on Iran centrifuge site
Tehran has denied the Karaj facility was hit in June drone strike
By TOI staff

Private Israeli intelligence group The Intel Lab released satellite photos on Saturday of what it said is damage from a reported drone attack on an Iranian nuclear facility last month. Iran claimed to have foiled the June 23 attack on the site in Karaj, but Israeli media reported that the facility — said to have been used for assembling centrifuges for uranium enrichment — was damaged in the strike. The drone attack reportedly hit the Iran Centrifuge Technology Company, or TESA, in the city of Karaj, northwest of Tehran. The TESA factory was tasked with replacing the damaged centrifuges at the Natanz nuclear site and also produces more advanced centrifuges that can more quickly enrich uranium, according to a New York Times report last month.

Iran has not identified who it believes was responsible for the drone strike. The country has accused Israel of similar attacks on its nuclear program in the past. Prime Minister Naftali Bennett appeared to hint at Israel’s role during a speech at a graduation ceremony for Israeli Air Force pilots, a day after the strike. “Our enemies know — not from statements, but from actions — that we are much more determined and much more clever, and that we do not hesitate to act when it is needed,” Bennett said in his speech at the IAF’s Hatzerim Air Base, outside Beersheba.



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The article states - "A small quad-copter drone was used in the attack on TESA, the New York Times report said, citing an Iranian source who was not identified".
So if that is true that means short range they are Line-of-Sight so it was an inside job or done within Iran itself, not from the outside. Quad-copter do not have OTH (over the horizon) capabilities as of yet. Controlling a drone Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) isn’t easy. Most smaller drones use a proprietary protocol, which are set and don’t allow for flexible mobile control unless it is bundled to a cell network or has satellite communications, which is very expensive like on a Predator or Reaper UAV. A Reaper UAV is about 32 Million $ a piece


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The Iranian Intelligence Service needs to improve its capabilities. Even I could have told you there was something suspicious about the facility's perimeter security chief Ali bin Schwartz.