Dmitry Rogozin, director general of Ross Cosmos, said the United States was choosing and still buying Russian rocket engines because it is the best offer on the market in terms of price and quality.
"The issue of multiple use by spacecraft for these engines has not only a technical but also an economic significance," Rogozin said on Thursday. "Why is the United States returning this purchase? Because the price of its engines is much higher compared to Russian
engines?" The success of our RD-180 and RD-181 engines in the United States. The United States buys them dynamically in spite of the sanctions (imposed on Russia), including those in concrete areas. ”
He explained that the high price of the components of the USS carrier ships, and above all engines, is a key factor for the development of multi-use technologies for the degrees of spaceships in the United States. At the same time, he continued: "But not everything is
Rogozin described the supply of Russian engines to the United States as a win-win project, noting that the high quality of the Russian engines "RD-180" is confirmed by the history of the use of these engines without incident. In addition, these engines have been
certified in the United States for manned launches. He added: "Therefore, we are ready to maintain cooperation in this area as soon as our American partners are ready to do so."
Russia supplies RD-180 and RD-181 engines to the United States for use in Atlas-5 and Antares spacecraft. To date, the United States has carried out 86 voyages of the Atlas-3 and Atlas-5 carrier ships using these engines.
The first RD-180 engine was delivered to the United States in January 1999. According to the Russian Energomash, the total number of engines supplied to the United States is now 116. It also said last December it had supplied 17 engines. RD-181 "to the United
States as of June 2015, adding that 10 of them have been used to conduct 5 ship launches" Antares ". The official Russian documents in February 2019 that the institution plans to supply nine engines "RD-181" to the United States in 2019 and 2020.
Source: RIA Novosti