Head of Russian space agency says work under way on modernised Angara rocket

General Director of the Russian state space corporation Roscosmos Yuri Borisov looks on at the Baikonur Cosmodrome

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia is working on a modernised Angara-A5M rocket capable of launching manned spacecraft, and plans to launch it in 2027, the head of its Roscosmos state space agency said on Wednesday.

"Already now, by order of Roscosmos, a modernized Angara-A5M rocket with a more powerful propulsion engine is being created," Yury Borisov said in televised comments.

He said it was due to become the main means of launching next-generation manned spacecraft and modules into orbit.

Borisov was speaking in an online meeting chaired by President Vladimir Putin.

(Writing by Felix Light; Editing by Mark Trevelyan)