Russia's Defense Ministry has announced the successful launch of a military satellite into orbit by the country's Aerospace Forces on Thursday morning.

Iran PressEurope: Soyuz rockets are a family of expendable launch vehicles developed by Russia's space agency, Roscosmos. The rockets have been in use since the 1960s.

The carrier, a Soyuz-2.1a, took off at 9:40 a.m. local time (06:40 GMT) from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome, located in the northern Arkhangelsk region, which partially extends beyond the Arctic Circle. The launch marks a significant achievement for Russia's space program.

The statement released by Russia's Defense Ministry confirmed that the rocket launched on Thursday carried a spacecraft intended for the Russian Ministry of Defense. No additional information was provided regarding the satellite or the launch itself. 

This marks the first time a Soyuz-2.1a rocket has been launched from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome this year. The base hosted 13 of Russia's 22 space launches in 2022, as per a report from Russia Today. Russia has already completed five space missions this year, three of which were carried out using Soyuz rockets. These developments suggest continued activity and advancement in Russia's space program.