Russia launches military satelliteJune 27th, 2008 - 6:15 pm ICT by IANS
Baikonur (Kazakhstan), June 27 (RIA Novosti) Russia Friday successfully launched a Proton heavy carrier rocket with a Cosmos-series military satellite. The rocket was launched from the Baikanour space centre, in Kazakhstan, a defence ministry spokesman said.
“The aim of the launch is to strengthen Russia’s orbital group of military satellites, mainly to improve its defence, through the missile early warning system,” Col. Alexei Kuznetsov said.
The satellite will be named after it reaches the orbit.
Russia is reportedly operating a network of about 60 to 70 military reconnaissance satellites.