On March 29, 2018 at 20:38:42 MSK (17:38:42 UTC) the Military Space Forces conducted a successful launch of a Souyz-2.1v launcher from the launch pad No. 4 of the launch complex No. 43 of the Plesetsk test site. The spacecraft was deployed on an almost circular orbit with altitude of about 320 km and inclination of 96.64 degrees. After deployment the satellite received an official designation Cosmos-2525.

Cosmos-2525 has been described as an experimental imaging satellite EMKA, developed at the VNIIEM corporation. It received international designation 2018-028A and was registered as object 43243.