9 Dec 2019 17:43

NPO Energomash looking for alternative rocket engine market

MOSCOW. Dec 9 (Interfax) - NPO Energomash is looking for alternative markets of rocket engines, if the United States stops purchasing them, the enterprise's director Igor Arbuzov told journalists.

"We're working on that. The U.S. is not the only market," Arbuzov said, answering a relevant question.

The Pentagon earlier banned the use of Russian rockets for U.S. satellite launches beginning from 2023.

Despite Washington's sanctions, Russia supplies RD-180 rocket engines for Atlas V rockets of the U.S. company United Launch Alliance. Another U.S. company, Orbital ATK, is supplied with RD-181 engines for Antares rockets that launch Cygnus resupply ships to the International Space Station.

U.S. clients were supplied with eleven RD-180 engines in 2018. In October 2019, NPO Energomash shipped three RD-180 engines to U.S. clients.