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Este blog está dedicado al análisis y discusión de temas relacionados con la seguridad nacional y la defensa. El autor es fundador y Director de Inteligencia en Riskop, una firma mexicana de inteligencia estratégica y control de riesgos y Director del Institute for Strategy and Development Research, ISDR. Estudiante del programa MA Maritime Security por la Universidad de Coventry, Inglaterra (2020-2022). Politólogo por el ITESM Campus Monterrey y egresado del William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies (DPCT 2016). Investigador Externo del Instituto de Investigaciones Estratégicas de la Armada de México y conferencista en el Centro de Estudios Superiores Navales y el Colegio de Defensa Nacional.


The Army and Air Force increase their Satellite Intelligence capabilities

Mexico’s Defense Secretariat is about to invest almost two million US dollars to increase its IMINT (Imagery Intelligence) capabilities.

The project -named “Satellite Imagery Intelligence” – will grant the Army and Air Force direct access to the SPOT IMAGE satellite surveillance system.

The SPOT system was created by the French National Space Research Center in close cooperation with the European Space Agency. Its satellites provide near-time images from all around the globe with high quality resolution.

The Mexican Navy already operates the SPOT system –since 2004- and provides satellite photography to various government agencies, including both the Army and Air Force.

Nevertheless, it seems that the Army and Air Force want direct access to the system –bypassing the Navy- in order to make the intelligence gathering process more effective.

Here you will find a good example of a SPOT satellite image.

8 comments on “The Army and Air Force increase their Satellite Intelligence capabilities

  1. Alex Esquer says:

    Good, Mexico needs this kind of tecnology, for inteligence activity against DOT, but also need to get a force of drones to help to get imaginery on the action front line.

    This kind of tech will help to take better decissions

  2. MXSECURITY says:

    Dear Alex, thanks for the comment. The Mexican Air Force has a number of brand new Elbit HERMES 450 UAV in operation.

    Besides, both the Federal Police and the Mexican Navy operate UAV’s made in Mexico by Hydra Technologies.

    Best regards.

  3. IGutierrez says:

    I,m not sure but I knew that only the Federal Police is using UAV’s by Hydra Tech. Tne Navy is using Tecnnology of Israel on the other hand this kind of tecnology maybe will be using together with the radar Indra 3D that SEDENA is reviewing in Spain

    1. MXSECURITY says:

      Thanks for the comment.

      The Federal Police operates the Hydra Technologies S-4 Ehécatl, just as the Jalisco Government does.

      The Mexican Navy bought a similar system (Ehécatl) and will be used as an intelligence and litoral surveillance platform.

      The Mexican Air Force didn’t want to buy the Ehécatl in the first place. Instead they bought the Elbit Hermes 450.

      Best regards.

  4. IGutierrez says:

    HI, Good afternoon, just a question. Do you Know something about “El tirador Solitario”? I have had searching about this bloh and I can’t fin anything.


    1. MXSECURITY says:

      Yes, I know El tirador solitario’s webmaster and owner.


  5. eder jovanni says:

    pues creo que mexico va en un buen camino

  6. Jack Napiare says:

    Good, we need it, but we also need to make sure it’s used apropreitly.

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