A leading Russian manufacturer of liquid propellant rocket engines, Energomash, is carrying out a contract on delivering RD-180 rocket engines to the U.S., and the U.S. is accurately paying for the engines delivered and has not signaled its intention to sever the contract, Energomash CEO Vladimir Solntsev said on Thursday.
"There is a schedule of deliveries of engines. We are supposed to manufacture five engines and deliver them to the U.S. this year. We have everything well-adjusted here in technological, technical, and production terms, and everything is working. I don't see any problems from this point of view. I think we'll honor all of our obligations," Solntsev said at a ceremony marking the 85th anniversary of Energomash's foundation.
"The American side is fulfilling its obligations on financing the contract, and we are fulfilling our obligations," he said.
It was reported earlier that the U.S. might stop buying Russian rocket engines as a sanction for Russia's stance on Ukraine.
"This year, we will ship engines numbered 71-75. We are working on 17 engines at the moment," Solntsev said.
"Six to eight engines are to be shipped next year and another six to eight engines in 2016," he said.
The RD-180 engine won a U.S. tender in the mid-1990s in a competition with two U.S. producers and one European one. The RD-180 is based on the RD-170 engines used for the Energia and Zenit launch vehicles. Unlike the four-chambered RD-170, the RD-180 has two combustion chambers and a new less powerful turbo-pump unit actuated by one gas generator. The RD-180's thrust is 400 tonnes.
The RD-180 is fully assembled at Energomash. Combustion chambers for the engine are shipped to Khimki from Samara and special steel from Chelyabinsk. The assembly of one engine takes on average 16 months.
The first serial RD-180 engine was shipped to the U.S. on January 2, 1999. Since then, the U.S. has carried out 40 successful space launches using these engines, including in the government's interests.
Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said earlier that, in response to the U.S. sanctions, Russia might demand guarantees from the U.S. that it would not use the RD-180 and NK-33 rocket engines for launching military spacecraft.
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