On January 28, 2010 Space Forces successfully launched a Proton-M rocket from the launch pad No. 24 of the launch complex No. 81 of the Baykonur launch site. The launch took place at 03:18 MSK (00:18 UTC). The rocket and the Briz-M upper stage successfully delivered the satellite to a geosynchronous orbit. The Space Forces announced that this is a new type of satellite, which would allow expanding the capability of the military communication network.
The satellite was given an international designation 2010-002A and the NORAD number 36358. It is a communication relay satellite of the Raduga-1M class (these satellites also sometimes known as Globus). The first satellite of this type, Raduga 1M-1 (32373), was launched in December 2007. It is now deployed at 70E degrees. The Space Forces also operate at older Raduga-1 satellites, two of which appear to be operational today - Raduga 1-7 (32373, 85E) and Raduga 1-8 (34264, 12E, moved from 17E after 22 January 2010).