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India to launch Israel-backed satellite

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  • India to launch new "remote-sensing" satellite built with Israeli "inputs"
  • Radar-imaging satellite equipped with all-weather capability, space officials say
  • Officials won't confirm if satellites to be used for defense, spying purposes
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NEW DELHI, India (CNN) -- India next month will launch a new "remote-sensing" satellite built with Israeli "inputs," the Indian Space Research Organization said Saturday.

ISRO spokesman S. Satish told CNN that it would be a radar-imaging satellite equipped with all-weather capability.

"It's an Indian satellite built with inputs from the Israeli aerospace industry. It will be launched from a PSLV in April," Satish said. A PSLV is a polar satellite launch vehicle.

Satish did not confirm reports of any possible use of the rocket for defense or spying purposes.

"As far as ISRO is concerned, this (spying) is not one of the applications," he remarked.

Satish, however, explained that the new satellite would be capable of locating sites during nights and during thick cloud cover.

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