NPO Energomash signed a contract to supply the U.S. 30 rocket engines

Russian Scientific and Production Association "Energomash" (Khimki, Moscow region.) For five years in the United States will send about 30 rocket engine RD-180 for the Atlas-5 rocket, the executive director of NGO Vladimir sun.


"We signed in December 2012 a five-year contract to supply 30 engines," — he said, "Interfax".

The signing of the contract will allow the company to get a guaranteed capacity utilization, said the Sun. The agreement with Lockheed Martin provides delivery to the U.S. for U.S. Atlas rockets 101 RD-180 engine made by NPO "Energomash".

To date, said the sun in the United States supplied 63 engine, 40 of them have been used.

Russian RD-180 engine in the mid-1990s, the United States won the tender announced by the two American and one European firms. The RD-180 is designed based on the RD-170 used on the launch vehicle (LV), "Energy" and "Zenith". Unlike quad RD-RD-170 engine 180 has two combustion chambers and a new lower power turbopump assembly driven by a single gas generator. Thrust RD-180 is 400 tons.

Complete assembly of the RD-180 is to "Energomash." The combustion chambers are supplied in Khimki from Samara, special steel — from Chelyabinsk. The work cycle of the assembly of one engine is an average of 16 months.

The first production engine RD-180 was raised in the United States January 2, 1999.

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