Proton-M orbited the Turkish communications satellite
17.02.2014 Press release

On February 15, 10:22 Moscow time, the TURKSAT-4A Turkish telecommunications spacecraft was successfully put into orbit by the Proton-M space rocket and Briz-M upper stage, under a contract of Rosoboronexport, part of the Rostec State Corporation.

“In accordance with flight sequence, insertion of the TURKSAT-4A into its final orbit took place 9 hours 13 minutes.

The TURKSAT-4A spacecraft was launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome (Kazakhstan) under the contract between Rosoboronexport and International Launch Services, Inc., a U.S.-based company, in the interests of Turkish satellite operator Turksat Satellite Communication and Cable TV Operation AS.

In addition to radio and television broadcast repeating, the TURKSAT-4A will support Turkish Armed Forces activities.

The space rocket was manufactured by Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center.

Rosoboronexport, a subsidiary of the Rostec Corporation, is the sole state-owned arms trade company in the Russian Federation authorized to export the full range of military and dual-purpose products, technologies and services. Rosoboronexport is one of the leading world arms exporters to the international market. Its share in Russia's military exports exceeds 80 percent. Rosoboronexport cooperates with more than 700 enterprises and organizations in the Russian defence industrial complex. Russia maintains military technical cooperation with more than 70 countries around the world.

The Russian corporation Rostec was established in 2007 with the purpose to render assistance to industries in the development, production and export of high-technology military and civil-purpose products. It comprises 663 enterprises grouped into eight holding companies in the defence industrial complex, and five holding companies in civil industry branches. The Rostec subsidiaries are located in 60 regions of the Russian Federation, and export their products to more than 70 countries worldwide.