MOSCOW, Russia – Russia has successfully launched the Rokot rocket with three military satellites on board, the Russian Defense Ministry said.
The Rokot rocket was launched at 5:27 am in the Plesetsk cosmodrome in the northwestern part of the country. After 6 minutes, the booster stage Briz-KM, carrying the satellites, separated from the rocket.
Утром с космодрома в Плесецке стартовала ракета-носитель «Рокот», которая доставила на орбиту три новых российских военных спутника. Видео Минобороны pic.twitter.com/D5NIwvTIpk
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This morning the rocket carrier Rokot was launched from the Plesetsk cosmodrome, and has put three new Russian military satellites into orbit. Video of the Ministry of Defense
The launch and the flight were accompanied by the automated system of control of space devices of the Russian orbital group.
This is the second launch of the Rokot rocket from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in 2018, the former had been in April.
The three-stage Rokot light-class carrier rocket was created on the basis of the RS-18 intercontinental ballistic missile, withdrawn from service. Since the first launch in 2000, 29 launches of this rocket have been carried out, putting in orbit about 70 satellites.
Now the Khrunichev Space Technology Center is developing a modification of this carrier – the Rokot 2 rocket – with a new guiding system produced in the country.
This comes as on October 27, Russia tested its new electronic warfare system Tirada-2S, capable of smashing satellites from the ground and the details of which remain in strict secrecy.
“The Tirada-2S system has already been tested and a state commission has submitted its recommendations,” the Russian daily Rossiyskaya Gazeta reported.
On November 30, 2017, Oleg Achasov, deputy director of the Central Institute for Scientific Research number 46, revealed that Russia is working on the development of a satellite neutralization weapon.
In January 2018, a Russian Defense Ministry source told the media that the army should receive systems capable of deactivating the satellites of the enemy. According to him, the weapon was named Tirada-2 and has been developed since 2001. The system would use radio waves from the ground, he added.
Dossier-2 was mentioned once again in August 2018 during the military forum ARMY 2018, when the Russian Ministry of Defense signed a contract for the delivery of a satellite neutralization system called Tirada-2.3. According to the ministry, the delivery of the weapon to the army will begin before the end of 2018.