What is the relationship between the Angara and Rus-M rocket programs? From what I understand, Angara is farther along, and Rus-M is a longer-term, heavier-lift project. But Angara-5 and Angara-7 are supposed to be man-rated, and so is the initial Rus-M.
Can someone explain why both of these programs appear to be serving similar purposes and yet are under development at the same time?
Angara is created mainly for the MoD purposes, to launch heavy military satellites from Plesetsk, commercially it will be operated from the Baikonur Cosmodrome as the Baiterek project. Rus-M will be created for manned space program and will be launched from the Vostochny Cosmodrome.
Have two systems, whose capabilities is somewhat overlapping, it is useful for redundancy, to load industry, job retention and reduce the monopoly on launch services.