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Natanz [Kashan]

New Satellite Imagery

New satellite imagery of the Natanz facility from early 2004 reveals further construction and development of the site. In addition to the completion of large buildings with hardened concrete and earth roofs, the complex is now surrounded by a network of about two dozen defensive positions.

Satellite Imagery of the Nantanz Enrichment Facility
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The Natanz Nuclear Enrichment Facility is located about 130 miles south of Tehran.

This map shows the facility located about 24 miles south of city of Kashan and about 17 miles northwest of the town of Natanz.

This Landsat-7 image shows the facility in relation to the nearby town of Natanz. 7 September 2001 (Image Source: ESDI)

Even at 30-meter GSD, the plant is visible.

(Source: Space Imaging, 09/20/02)

(Source: Space Imaging,02/29/04)

Construction of the tunnel entrance to the underground buildings. (Source: Space Imaging, 09/20/02)

Completed entrance, with entry to the tunnel concealed within the larger rectangular building. (Source: Space Imaging,02/29/04)

Construction of underground buildings. The larger two are finished with layers of fill dirt and poured concrete to protect against aerial attack. (Source: Space Imaging, 09/20/02)

The completion of the underground facility leaves no part of the three large buildings visible. (Source: Space Imaging,02/29/04)

Foundation work on three smaller structures. (Source: Space Imaging, 09/20/02)

In the completion of the three structures, one can see that the aboveground signature does not match the earlier foundation work. The northernmost structure is completely underground, and the southern two buildings do not match the original shape. (Source: Space Imaging,02/29/04)

A network of about two dozen defensive positions now lines the 4.7 mile security perimeter. (Source: Space Imaging,02/29/04)

Detail of defensive posts at Natanz perimeter. (Source: Space Imaging,02/29/04)

A security checkpoint now guards the southeast entrance to the plant. (Source: Space Imaging,02/29/04)

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