US cannot get rid of Russian engines

November 2, 2019 American Analytical Edition on Militarypolitical National Interest reported that despite the fact that in recent years Washington imposed various sanctions against Moscow, it could not get rid of its dependence on Russian RD-180 rocket engines. The publication is sounding the alarm that US national security is at risk.

It is noted that space is of great importance to the United States. Not only intelligence and the Pentagon depend on it, but also economy USA in general. At the same time, the United States stubbornly continues to launch rockets with Russian engines into space, which many Americans are not even aware of.

It is clarified that by December 31, 2022, according to updated American law, the US Air Force should stop using the aforementioned RD-180 engines. The publication believes that the US Congress "wisely acted" when it decided to get rid of "dangerous dependence on the enemy," replacing these engines with American counterparts.

It is emphasized that the selection of the relevant American suppliers is already underway. Moreover, if by the end of 2022 the American counterparts are not in the right readiness, then there is a high probability that the United States will extend the use of the RD-180 until the end of 2024, making amendments to the legislation. At the same time, the publication is confident that Washington does not need to allow another delay, since any delay will be in the hands of Moscow. This will strengthen Russia's position and undermine US national security.

It should be recalled that since 1997, Russia has been supplying the United States with RD-180 rocket engines for the US Atlas V rocket launchers (launch vehicles). Naturally, the United States is developing its own alternative developments, but they still cannot compare in terms of performance with the RD-180.
The Americans ordered more than 100 pieces of RD-180. In 2016, the United States tried to impose a moratorium on the purchase of these engines from 2019, but then they extended the contract until 2022. And now there is a chance that everything will happen again.
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  1. 123 Offline 123
    123 (123) 5 November 2019 10: 54
    US cannot get rid of Russian engines

    Sooner or later they can. With the development of new technology often problems arise and do not have time to do on time. This is a common thing for both them and us. Expecting that this state of affairs will last forever is simply stupid. You can’t rest on our laurels. It is necessary to look ahead and launch a new generation of engines in production.
  2. Pishenkov Offline Pishenkov
    Pishenkov (Alexey) 5 November 2019 11: 07
    In recent years, Washington imposed various sanctions against Moscow; it could not get rid of its dependence on Russian RD-180 rocket engines

    - that would be the time to impose an embargo on their supplies to America ... This is one of the few things that the Americans themselves would feel in terms of retaliatory sanctions. But no ... something tells me that this just won't happen. Instead, the Russian media will continue to tell us about how the Americans are "bringing the arms race into space" and what a threat it is for us ... moment, until they themselves give up as unnecessary ... And in whose interests is this happening? Well, definitely not in the interests of the Russian state. It will definitely survive without it.
    Some argue that, they say, Roscosmos needs funds for its own programs, but without the sale of engines in the United States it’s not enough, they say. But what is this strategically important state corporation, which directly depends on the funds coming from the enemy ???
  3. steelmaker Offline steelmaker
    steelmaker 5 November 2019 18: 06
    You just have to sometimes put respect for your country above $. Then respect and $ will be greater over time.
  4. alexneg13 Offline alexneg13
    alexneg13 (Alexander) 6 November 2019 23: 09
    I wonder when they will stop supplying the trampoline to "sShakalia"? Their lunar trampoline turned out to be of the wrong system and they can jump into space only exclusively on Russian ones ...