Russian Defense Ministry Receives New Early Warning Network Satellites

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Proton-M space launch vehicle with an upper stage Breeze-M spacecraft and communication Sirius-5 being moved to the launch pad at Baikonur cosmodrome - Sputnik International
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The Russian Defense Ministry has received two state of the art satellites as part of the country’s new missile early warning network, Deputy Minister Yuri Borisov said Friday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The Russian Aerospace Forces space command said this summer the network’s first satellite was expected to be launched into high-elliptic orbit in November.

"In the interest of the Defense Ministry and Roscosmos, military representatives received six Soyuz and Proton carrier rockets, two Briz-M upper-stage rockets, two satellites for the EKS Integrated Space System," Borisov said.

Up to 10 satellites are expected to enter into service by 2018.

Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu announced in October 2014 that Russia had started the development of a new unified network to detect ballistic missile launches. The system would comprise new-generation satellites, new ground-based space monitoring stations and advanced computer networks.

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