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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Army Satellite Launch

MOSCOW -- Russia's strategic missile forces launched a Kosmos military satellite from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in neighboring Kazakhstan, the forces' command said Wednesday.

The Proton booster rocket lifted off at 8:37 a.m. from the launching pad in Central Asia, the command said, according to Itar-Tass.

The brief report said it was the year's second launch of a military satellite.

Financial problems have forced Russia to dramatically scale back the number of military satellites it sends into space each year -- from 37 in 1994 to 21 in 1995 and only 10 in 1996. No figures are available for 1997.

Space experts say the former Soviet Union launched hundreds of such satellites annually before its breakup in 1991.