DEBKAfile December 9, 2012, 9:28 PM (GMT+02:00)
Iranian media Sunday accused the US and Israel of stepping up their intelligence surveillance of the Astara Rayon region of southeastern Azerbaijan along the Caspian maritime frontier with Iran. The Americans were claimed to have expanded their radar stations’ coverage while Israel is said to have increased the number of Orbiter ultra-light drones spying on the region and also the 10 Hermes-450 UAVs, made in Israel and recently sold to Azerbaijan. The Hermes are equipped with GPS for receiving satellite images sent by Israeli satellites. DEBKAfile’s military sources: The wide publicity Tehran has given to these disclosures sounds like the precursor to Iranian attacks on Israeli-Azerbaijani drones in the wake of their offensive for downing US drones.