USA to Spend 10 Years for Replacing Russia’s RD-181 Engines
The USA will spend 10 years and about $3 billion to create a rocket engine similar to the Russian RD-181 engines. This was stated by Energiya Corporation President Vladimir Solntsev.
“If we speak about the creation of an engine in the USA, then any power is capable of this, but the question is why. I think that this will require about $3 billion or $5 billion and seven or ten years,” Vladimir Solntsev said, adding that no one has abolished or killed international cooperation.
Mr. Solntsev earlier said that Russia’s NPO Energomash would provide 60 new RD-181 rocket engines to the US Orbital Sciences under a contract worth around $1 billion.
It should be noted that the RD-181 engines will be used for the first stage of the Antares rockets manufactured by Orbital Sciences. These rockets earlier used AJ-26 engines which were made on the basis of the Soviet NK-33.