© RIA Novosti / Ilya Petliurite in fotomontagen the RD-180 engine of NPO Energomash. Archival photo© RIA Novosti / Ilya Petliurite the image Bank
First Deputy Chairman of the Duma Committee on economic policy, industry, innovative development and entrepreneurship Vladimir Gutenev has urged the Russian space Agency to coordinate the delivery of Russian rocket engines in the United States with the promotion of the American market and other Russian components.
Earlier, the head of NPO «Energomash» (engine manufacturer) Igor Arbuzov said in an interview with RIA Novosti on the concluded contract on delivery in USA six RD-180 engines in 2020. Prior to this, both the Russian and the American side has repeatedly proposed to limit the supply.
«I believe that the leadership of the Russian space Agency should be more guided by economic criteria, and the geopolitical situation, forming preferences for the removal of Russian goods restrictions on U.S. markets,» — said Gutenev RIA Novosti.
He said six engines – too few, especially in comparison with the first contract signed in 1997 involving the supply of 101 RD-180 engine. Gutenev reminded that the United States planned to establish the production of similar engines for three or four years, but «years passed, and the timing is not just moved away, but they also lengthened».
After that, the US has decided to continue to purchase RD-180 from Russia, but to concentrate thus on the creation of a reusable methane engine.
«Two years ago was awarded another contract for 20 engines RD-180, since the Americans was necessary to bring 18 military satellites. Very revealing was that in March, the U.S. Congress decided to ban in Russia these engines and sanctions against «Energomash», and in April the sanctions were lifted,» — said Gutenev.© Vitaly Podvigina to politics!