The heavy Angara-A5 turned out to be significantly more expensive than the Proton


The cost of creating a heavy Angara-A5 rocket was almost three times higher than the Proton-M LV, which in the end it would have to replace. So, according to the report of the Khrunichev Center last year, to which the agency refers in its message RIA News, production of the aforementioned media costs 7 billion rubles.


Recall that the Khrunichev Center is today considered the most “problematic” enterprise of Roscosmos, and the development of the Angara rocket family is one of the most disastrous. Work on these media has been ongoing for over 15 years. At the same time, the rocket in light and heavy versions was launched only once, in 2014.

Regarding the high cost of launching the rocket, the General Designer for the launch vehicle Alexander Medvedev announced in the summer of 2019 that the price of the heavy Angara and Proton-M would ultimately be equal, as the latter would rise in price by more than 2,5 times due to reduced production . However, the functionary then did not explain how this would make the new missile more competitive.

However, steps are already being taken to reduce the cost of Angara production. The notes to the aforementioned financial statements of the Khrunichev Center for 2019 indicate that Roscosmos, together with the company, is implementing a set of measures as part of the consolidation of the “internal reserve”. The latter will reduce the cost of a new heavy rocket to 4 billion rubles. In particular, the state corporation plans to create closed-loop production at the facilities of PO Polet (Omsk).
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  1. Cyril Offline
    Cyril (Kirill) 29 June 2020 13: 05
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    Work on these media has been ongoing for over 15 years.

    Since 1995, it has been underway for more than 25 years.
  2. Cyril Offline
    Cyril (Kirill) 29 June 2020 13: 06
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    Regarding the high cost of launching rockets, the General Designer for the launch vehicle Alexander Medvedev announced in the summer of 2019 that the price of the heavy Angara and Proton-M would ultimately be equal, as the latter would rise in price by more than 2,5 times due to reduced production .

    laughing Wonderful.
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    2. Ahilles86 Offline
      Ahilles86 (Vasiliy) 29 June 2020 13: 39
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      Well, firstly, nobody provokes anything. Only the lazy one does not know about the loss making of the Khrunichev Center. Secondly, before rushing to the embrasure, they could sort it out a little.

      Quote from Medvedev:

      Calculations showed that when Proton-M launch vehicle production decreases from 7 to 1-2 units per year, its cost will increase by about 2-2,5 times and will be comparable to the cost of the first Angara- launch vehicle A5 "

      - says an article by Medvedev published in the scientific journal TsNIImash "Cosmonautics and rocket science.

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      However, steps are already being taken to reduce the cost of Angara production. The notes to the aforementioned financial statements of the Khrunichev Center for 2019 indicate that Roscosmos, together with the company, is implementing a set of measures within the framework of consolidating the “internal reserve”. The latter will reduce the cost of a new heavy rocket to 4 billion rubles. In particular, the state corporation plans to create closed-loop production at the facilities of PO Polet (Omsk).

      Is this, in your opinion, a “little liberal dirty trick” provoking a surge of negativity towards the Khrunichev Center?
      Rest more and do not get nervous over trifles. Peace to you. hi
      1. 123 Offline
        123 (123) 29 June 2020 13: 58
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        Thanks for the wish, I will certainly take advantage. hi But now the author is known. good
        As for the content of the article, there is a link to the RIA, clicked, looked, compared with the content, hence the comment appeared. I realized that there was more than one message, I checked it, I realized that I was wrong, so I deleted the comment. hi
        By the way, he did not say anything about the loss-making of the Khrunichev Center.
  4. Don36 Offline
    Don36 (Don36) 29 June 2020 14: 11
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    With serial production, the price of the product will become lower, but the Angara, which uses kerosene as a fuel, is much more environmentally friendly than Proton, whose fuel is extremely toxic heptyl.
  5. steelmaker Offline
    steelmaker 29 June 2020 14: 24
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    The cost of creating a heavy Angara-A5 rocket was almost three times higher than the Proton-M LV, which in the end it will have to be replaced.

    Armata tank is also more expensive than the T-90. So, it's not just about money! The rocket must fly! Russia can afford it, since our government allows itself to have uneducated managers!
  6. 123 Offline
    123 (123) 29 June 2020 20: 45
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    In my opinion, I came across an adequate opinion of the general director of Cosmocourse, one of the developers of the Angara rocket at the MVKNPTs named after M.V. Khrunicheva Pavel Pushkin

    If you don’t blame the life of the entire Khrunichev Center for a year on Angara, I think the price will be much less. I think that the price that appears in the GKNPC report is some kind of difference in economic management: between the money received, spent, or something else.

    I do not exclude the possibility that unused money was left for the products, and the Center decided: to whom we will write them - let's go to the "Angara"! It is impossible to write off to Proton-M, it is serial, but to Angara it is possible.

    This is a long history, I noticed about 10 years ago: similar products for the "Angara" cost several times more than for the "Proton-M". Precisely because the undeveloped money was written off to the "Angara" - this cannot be done.

    https://svpressa.ru/society/article/269537/