Pentagon intends to stop purchasing Russian RD-180 rocket engines till 2022 which were used for the launching of military satellites, as John Raymond, the Head of the U.S. Air Force Space Command, said at the hearing in the committee for the Armed Forces of Congress House of Representatives, TASS news agency reported.
“We are on our way to stop using rocket engine RD-180 in time,” Raymond stated.
He noted that according to the law, the purchase of additional engines has to be ceased till 2022.
He also stressed that if they fail to meet the deadlines, and the U.S. does not create a rocket engine to replace RD-180, Pentagon will not consider any fall-backs.
The U.S. intends to create its own rocket engine to replace the Russian RD-180.
In 1997, the U.S. and Russia concluded an agreement on the supply of 101 RD-180 engine, the sum of the contract made around a billion USD.
In 2014, due to the escalation of the situation with Russia the U.S. Congress banned the use of RD-180, but in 2015 the ban was lifted, and later the American parliamentarians approved an amendment to the draft defense budget which provides purchase of 18 such engines till 2022.