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Russia successfully launches rocket with military satellite

RIA Novosti

27/06/2008 09:22 BAIKONUR, June 27 (RIA Novosti) - A Proton-K/DM-2 heavy carrier rocket with a Cosmos-series military satellite has been successfully launched from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan on Friday, a Defense Ministry spokesman said.

"The aim of the launch is to strengthen Russia's orbital group of military satellites, in particular, improving defense through the missile early warning system," Col. Alexei Kuznetsov said.

The satellite will be given a proper designation name once it reaches orbit.

Russia is reportedly operating a network of about 60-70 military reconnaissance satellites.

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