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Russian Space Forces

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The Russian Space Forces (Russian: Космические войска России, tr. Kosmicheskie voyska Rossii, KV) are the space force branch of the Russian Aerospace Forces. Having been reestablished following August 1, 2015 merger between the Russian Air Force and the Russian Aerospace Defence Forces after the independent arm of service was dissolved in 2011.

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Russian Space Forces
Космические войска России
Kosmicheskie voyska Rossii
Emblem of the Russian Space Forces
  • 1992–1997
  • 2001–2011
  • 1 August 2015 – present
CountryFlag_of_Russia.svg Russia
TypeSpace force
RoleSpace warfare
Part ofFlag_of_the_Russian_Aerospace_Forces.svg Russian Aerospace Forces
March14 минут до старта ("14 Minutes Until Start", official march)
Anniversaries4 October (Space Forces Day)
Commander-in-Chief of the Aerospace ForcesFlag_of_Russia%27s_Commander_of_the_Aerospace_Forces.svg Sergei Surovikin
Commander of the Space ForcesFlag_of_Russia%27s_Commander_of_the_Space_Forces.svg Aleksandr Golovko
Middle emblemMiddle_emblem_of_the_Russian_Space_Troops.svg

The Russian Space Forces were originally formed on August 10, 1992, alongside the creation of the Russian Armed Forces.[1] The organization shared control of the Baikonur Cosmodrome with Roscosmos, the Federal Space Agency. It also operated the Plesetsk and the Svobodny Cosmodromes. However the Russian Space Forces were dissolved in July 1997 and incorporated into the Strategic Missile Forces.[2]

The Russian Space Forces were once again reformed as an independent troop on June 1, 2001, under a military reorganization. However, by December 2011, it was dissolved once again and this time replaced by the Russian Aerospace Defence Forces.[3]

On August 1, 2015, the Russian Air Force and the Russian Aerospace Defence Forces were merged to form the Russian Aerospace Forces.[4][5] The Russian Space Forces were reestablished as a result, and are now one of three sub-branches of the new military branch.[6]