It seems that we now have the full picture of military satellites launched in 2005. Two of the five launches scheduled for this year have already taken place - a successful one of a Parus satellite and a failed attempt to launch a Molniya-3K communication satellite. We also know that there will be a Proton launch with three Glonass satellites later this year (most likely in December). This leaves two launches with two satellites unaccounted for.

It looks like one of these satellites is going to be a reconnaissance satellite, which is to be launched in late August-early September - the quarterly launch plan mentions that the Progress launch scheduled for September 9th may interfere with the launch of 11F660, which is a Yantar-1KFT/Kometa wide-area imaging satellite (my thanks to SC for bringing this to my attention). This was confirmed by Vladimir Popovkin, who mentioned at a recent press-conference that a launch of a new reconnaissance satellite will take place later this year (he also confirmed that there were problems with the new reconnaissance satellite that was launched in September 2004).

The last satellite remains somewhat of a mystery, but we can make an guess - speaking about the Molniya-M launcher failure, Vladimir Popovkin expressed hope that the launcher may resume flights in October. This may have been just his way of saying that the problem with the launcher will be fixed sooner rather than later, but it is quite possible that he was saying that it will be fixed by the time of a planned launch. Since a launch of another Molniya-class communication satellite is unlikely, it leaves a possibility of a launch of a new US-KS/Oko early-warning satellite into a highly-elliptical orbit. It would be about time - the two satellites that work there were launched in 2002.