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Bart Hendrickx reports "Numizmat (“numismatist” or “coin collector”) officially got underway with the signing of a government contract on July 1, 2014, between Central Scientific Research Institute of Chemistry and Mechanics [CNIIHM] and the Ministry of Defense. ... There is some evidence that, in addition to the TV camera and the UWB radar, the satellites will carry an infrared camera developed by the State Institute of Applied Optics (GIPO) in Kazan, which is also known to have received at least one contract for Burevestnik. The types of payloads under development for the project leave little doubt that Numizmat satellites will perform rendezvous and proximity operations in orbit, but the jury is still out on whether this is for satellite inspection, satellite negation or other purposes."

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