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Seven Soyuz Rockets to Be Constructed for Russian Defense Ministry in 2016

© Sputnik / Mikhail Voskresenskiy / Go to the photo bankLaunch of rocket carrier Soyuz-2.1b from Plesetsk cosmodrome
Launch of rocket carrier Soyuz-2.1b from Plesetsk cosmodrome - Sputnik International
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A total of seven Soyuz carrier rockets are scheduled to be constructed for the Russian Defense Ministry by the end of the year, the general director of Russia's Progress State Research and Production Space Centre, Alexander Kirilin, said Friday.

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) – He added that three rockets had already been constructed and delivered.

"The construction of seven Soyuz carrier rockets in 2016 is planned as part of the implementation of the state defense order," Kirilin said during a ceremony to mark the state acceptance of military production.

"Four Soyuz-2.1b carrier rockets are at different stages of construction… The products will be delivered by November 2016 within the deadlines set in the state contracts," Kirilin said.

The Soyuz-2 replaced the Soyuz-U carrier rocket, which was used at the Plesetsk space center from 1973 to 2012. During that period, nearly 430 multi-purpose space vehicles were sent into orbit.

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