Russia plans to launch two upgraded Meridian-M military communications satellites this year, Russian Defence minister Sergei Shoigu announced on 31 May at a Ministry of Defence (MoD) board meeting.
The satellite is expected to be taken into orbit on a Soyuz-2 carrier rocket from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in the last quarter of 2019, according to media sources.
The Russian MoD tasked JSC Information Satellite Systems Reshetnev Company in 2017 to manufacture four Meridian-M military satellites. According to a statement from Nikolai Testoyedov, CEO of Reshetnev, the company manufactured the first two Meridian-M satellites in 2018 and 2019, and intends to produce the third satellite in 2020 and the fourth in 2022.
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