On December 25, 2008 the Space Forces conducted a successful launch of a Proton-M launcher from the Baykonur launch site. The launch took place at 13:43 MSK (10:43 UTC) from the launch pad No. 81. The launcher equipped with a DM booster stage delivered into orbit three new Glonass-M satellites.
It would take time to sort out the satellites' designations. They are likely to be designated Cosmos-2447, Cosmos-2448, and Cosmos-2449. The international designations they are likely to receive are 2008-067A, 2008-067B, and 2008-067C and NORAD catalog numbers 33466, 33467, and 33468. The satellites are deployed in the first orbital plane, which is the least populated Glonass plane at the moment with only three satellites in it. After the three new satellites join the constellation, the number of operational Glonass satellites will reach 20.