On 2 July 2013 at 06:38 MSK (02:38 UTC) Russia attempted to conduct a launch of a Proton-M rocket, equipped with DM-03 booster stage, which was to deliver into orbit three Glonass-M satellites. The rocket was launched from the launch pad No. 24 of the launch complex No. 81 of Baykonur space launch site. Shortly after liftoff, the rocket veered off its trajectory, subsequently exploding and crashing on the ground about 2 km away from the launch pad.

Previous Proton-M launch with Glonass satellites took place in November 2011. The most recent launch of a Glonass satellite took place in April 2013.