Russia has launched another rocket carrying a military satellite, the fourth in less than a month

The Soyuz-2.1bs rocket takes off from the launch pad with a military satellite.  Roscosmos/Handout via REUTERS/File
The Soyuz-2.1bs rocket takes off from the launch pad with a military satellite. Roscosmos/Handout via REUTERS/File

The Russian Aerospace Forces today successfully launched a Soyuz-2.1b launch vehicle from the Plesetsk cosmodrome, in the northwest of the country, with military satellite on board, the Russian Ministry of Defense reported.

“At 09:48 Moscow time (06:48 GMT) from the State Experimental Cosmodrome of the Russian Ministry of Defense (Pleseck) in the Arkhangelsk region, the Air Space Force launched a medium-class carrier rocket Soyuz-2.1bs with a military satellite,” the entity said in a statement. .

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For its part, the press service of the Russian corporation OKbelonging to a group Rostecreported that the satellite “was put into orbit at the scheduled time”, reports the Russian agency Interfax.

In recent months, Russia, whose military has carried out a campaign in Ukrainelaunched several military satellites.

The head of the Roscosmos space agency, Yuri Borisov, attends the launch ceremony of the Soyuz-2.1bs rocket with an Iranian satellite.
Roscosmos space agency head Yuri Borisov attends the launch ceremony of the Soyuz-2.1b rocket carrying Iran’s “Khayyam” satellite at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, August 9, 2022. Roscosmos/Handout via REUTERS/File

It was sent into orbit last October three military satellitesone on the 15th and two more on the 22nd, launched with Angará and Soyuz-2.1b launch vehicles, alongside the Glonass-K navigation satellite, also controlled by the Ministry of Defense.

Another military satellite was also launched in August, Kosmos-2558following the launch of other communications, navigation and military equipment in March, April, May and July, also under the control of the Russian Aerospace Forces.

Last week, a senior official in Russia’s foreign ministry said it was United States commercial satellites and his allies might become legitimate targets for Russia if they were drawn into the war in Ukraine.

Konstantin Vorontsovdeputy director of the Russian Foreign Ministry’s nonproliferation and arms control department, told the United Nations that the United States and its allies are trying to use space to impose Western dominance.

(With information from EFE and Reuters)

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