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A file photo of Soyuz rocket launch.

MOSCOW (BNS): Russia's Soyuz carrier rocket has launched a classified military satellite from the country's Plesetsk space centre on Tuesday.

The Soyuz-2.1a rocket launched the satellite at 5.49 pm Moscow time (13:49 GMT), Ria Novosti reported quoting a spokesman for Russia's Aerospace Defence Forces.

Tuesday's mission was the second launch of a Soyuz-2 rocket from Plesetsk this year.

The first launch on March 24 had orbited a GLONASS-M navigation satellite.

Soyuz-2.1a, a three-stage carrier rocket with digital flight control system, was first launched in 2011. It will be used at Plesetsk Cosmodrome to deliver military spacecraft to the orbit, the news agency said.

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