Classified military satellite of Russia
Part of: Prelims and GS-II- International Relations and GS-III – Defence and security
Context Russia recently successfully placed a military satellite into orbit which is believed to be part of the Kremlin’s early warning anti-missile system.
- The launch could be delivering a Tundra satellite.
- Russia has previously launched Tundra satellites in 2015, 2017 and 2019.
- The ground track of the launch “matched previous missions” delivering satellites for Russia’s missile warning system named Kupol or dome.
- Unveiled in 2019, Kupol is designed to detect launches of ballistic missiles and track them to their landing site, though its exact configuration is unknown.