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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.
|Russian Space Forces|
|Космические войска России|
Kosmicheskie voyska Rossii
|Part of||Russian Aerospace Forces|
|March||14 минут до старта ("14 Minutes Until Start", official march)|
|Anniversaries||4 October (Space Forces Day)|
|Commander-in-Chief of the Aerospace Forces||Sergei Surovikin|
|Commander of the Space Forces||Aleksandr Golovko|
The Russian Space Forces were originally formed on August 10, 1992, alongside the creation of the Russian Armed Forces. 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.
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.
On August 1, 2015, the Russian Air Force and the Russian Aerospace Defence Forces were merged to form the Russian Aerospace Forces. The Russian Space Forces were reestablished as a result, and are now one of three sub-branches of the new military branch.