Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said that Moscow has no plans to stop delivery of rocket engines in the United States. He told about it on air of TV channel “Russia 24”.
“We see all the strengths and weaknesses of the United States. We take note of the slogan “the Cosmos out of politics,” but nothing lasts forever,” — said Rogozin, noting that the U.S. does not cease cooperation with Russia in the space sector, because “they can’t launch their missiles”.
The Deputy Prime Minister said that the matter belongs to the competence of the President of Russia and the security Council.
Russian scientific-production Association “Energomash” has in its portfolio two major contracts with American partners. First the company provides in USA RD-180 engines for heavy rocket Atlas V, the second — the RD-181 for Antares secondary.
The cost of the first contract exceeds a billion dollars, the second is 220 million. The first contract allowed the “Energomash” relatively comfortably exist in the last 20 years. Interest to the Russian engines China shows the timing to gain full access to the technology of production units.
In April, the Director-General of the United rocket and space Corporation Yuri Vlasov expressed the opinion that Russia will continue to supply the RD-180 in the United States to 2024-2025 years.