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US plans to abandon Russian military engines
The US Senate Armed Forces Committee approved a plan to develop a new rocket engine in the country to replace the Russian one, which is used to launch American military satellites into orbit. According to the BBC, an additional $ 100 million will be allocated for these purposes for the US military budget. This bill will be submitted to the entire Senate.
Tensions with Russia caused concern in the United States because Russian RD-180 engines are being used to launch American military and reconnaissance satellites into a joint venture between the corporations Boeing and Lockheed Martin - United Launch Alliance. Russian RD-180 engines are used when launching Atlas missiles, Delta-type missiles are equipped with RS-68 liquid engines of the American company Aerojet Rocketdyne.
Earlier, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said that Russia, in response to US sanctions, could suspend the supply of RD-180 and K-33 rocket engines.