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.