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Iran to commission Russia to build telecom satellite
TEHRAN (AFP) Jan 26, 2005
Iran is to sign a 132-million-dollar contract with Russia this week for the building of a telecommunications satellite, state television reported Wednesday.

It said the deal with the Russian Aerospace Agency and its affiliate AviaExport was scheduled to be inked on Sunday.

It said the satellite, named Zohreh (Venus), would bolster the Islamic republic's telecommunications infrastructure by handling data, audio and video signals.

The production period was put at 30 months, but no details on the launch plans were given.

A first Iranian satellite is scheduled to be launched in April. Officials have said it will be used to detect natural resources, control the electricity and energy networks, and later for communications and crisis management.

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