Russia to deliver 29 rocket engines to U.S. before 2017 - industry

The NPO Energomash engine company, based in Khimki outside Moscow, plans to supply 29 RD-180 rocket engines to the United States between 2014 and 2017, Energomash Executive Director Vladimir Solntsev told Interfax-AVN.

"We are weighing plans to deliver another 29 engines from 2014 to 2017. The production will proceed at a pace of 4-5 engines per year," Solntsev said.

An option was signed earlier for the delivery of 101 RD-180 engines for American Atlas launch vehicles until 2020, he said.

"Thirty-eight of the 59 delivered engines have already been successfully used in Atlas-5 launches. A contract is in the works for 2-014-17," Solntsev said.

He added that rocket engines were being sold to the United States at a loss before 2010, as costs were growing faster than the price.

However, the measures taken in 2010-11 helped improve the situation, he said.

"We are now delivering the engines at a price that is three times higher than the 2009 price. The profitability is positive and part of the money earned can be used to expand production," he said.

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