Russia's new generation Angara booster rocket will be ready for a test launch by 2012, the country's space force commander said on Thursday.

We plan that it will be fully prepared for launch in 2012, Oleg Ostapenko told reporters. Everything is going according to plan.

Angara rockets, designed to provide lifting capabilities between 2,000 and 40,500 kg into low earth orbit, are expected to become the core of Russia's carrier rocket fleet, replacing several existing systems.

The rockets have a modular design similar to the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV), based on a common Universal Rocket Module (URM).