Russia sent a highly sophisticated military radar into orbit

TEHRAN, May 02 (MNA) – The media reported on Monday the successful launch of a Russian top-secret military radar into Earth orbit in the midst of the country's conflict in Ukraine.

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

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

According to a statement from the Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD), a space ‘combat crew’ launched the unidentified payload.

Russia sent a highly sophisticated military radar into orbit

‘From the State Test Cosmodrome of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation (Plesetsk Cosmodrome) in the Arkhangelsk Region, the combat crew of the Space Forces of the Aerospace Forces [VKS] successfully launched an Angara-1.2 light-class launch vehicle with a spacecraft in the interests of the Russian Ministry of Defense,’ the Russian MoD 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 the normal mode, they added.

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

‘In total, over 30 ground-based measuring instruments and over 50 combat crews of 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 following a suborbital test flight to check that all systems worked.

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