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Russia has sent a highly sophisticated military radar into orbit

ByJanice K. Merrill

May 2, 2022

Kremlin space chiefs have launched a secret military payload into orbit around Earth using Russia’s new Angara 1.2 rocket.

The launch took place last Friday at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in the town of Mirny in the northwestern region of Arkhangelsk Oblast.

According to a statement from the Russian Ministry of Defense (MoD), a space “combat team” launched the unidentified payload.

‘From the State Test Cosmodrome of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation (Plesetsk Cosmodrome) in the Arkhangelsk region, the space force combat crew of the Aerospace Forces [VKS] successfully launched an Angara-1.2 light-class launch vehicle with a spacecraft for the benefit of the Russian Defense Ministry,’ the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement, METRO News reported.

“The launch of the carrier rocket and the launch of the spacecraft into the calculated orbit took place in normal mode,” they added.

Two minutes after launch, the Angara-1.2 launcher was accepted for escort by ground control.

“In total, more than 30 ground-based measuring instruments and more than 50 combat crews from the 15th Aerospace Forces Army (Special Purpose) were involved in ensuring the launch of the spacecraft,” the statement added.

This was the first operational flight of Angara 1.2 after a suborbital test flight to verify that all systems were working.