Russia on Friday successfully launched a new Kosmos series military satellite to replenish its depleted satellite cluster in space in the post-Soviet era. The ‘Kosmos-2405’ military satelllte was launched by Russian Space Forces from the Baikonur space station in Kazakhstan on a Tsiklon-2 (Cyclone) rocket at 11.30 a.m. (IST), ITARTASS reported. The final stage boosters placed the satellite on its designated orbit 47 minutes later and the Main Centre for Testing and Control of Space Satellites assumed its control, it said.
This is the third launch of a military satellite this year. Russia has about 100 operating satellites and half of them are used for military purposes. Most of the satellites belong to the Soviet era.