One of the interviewees assured that Razdan would be ‘head and shoulders above all of predecessors’: it will have radically new payload and a high-speed radio channel with additional protection. The third and further satellites will be equipped with a new telescope more than 2 meters in diameter; optics will be produced by the Zverev Factory in Krasnogorsk.
Presently, Russian military use Persona-type satellites that were launched in 2008-2015. Although beginning of their operation was originally scheduled for 2003, timelines were postponed many times. Out of three available spacecraft, one was lost several months after launch due to a failure in electronic components, and two are still serviceable, in particular, collecting data for Russian military mission in Syria. According to media, these satellites were not enough to support Syrian campaign, so the military had to employ civilian Earth remote sensing satellites Resurs and Kanopus families.