By 2022, Russia will set up production of new rocket engines RD-182 and RD-120MS. Power plants will be used not only on domestic vehicles, but also exported. This was reported the day before by the agency RIA News with reference to the single portal "Glavkosmos".
The development of promising units started last year. The RD-120MS is based on the RD-120, created by NPO Energomash for the second stage of the Zenit launch vehicle and produced in Ukraine for 30 years.
In the spring of last year, Dmitry Rogozin said that several states at once turned to Roscosmos with a proposal to purchase RD-120, which makes the release of a new version of the engine even more relevant. Up to this point, Russia has exported only two RD-180 and RD-181 units for Atlas and Antares carriers, owned by the American companies ULA and Orbital Sciences Corporation.
It is reported that the new RD-182 will be used in the first stages of missiles. In turn, the RD-120MS is created for the upper stages.
As for the Ukrainian Zenit launch vehicles, they plan to replace them with the Soyuz-5 launch vehicle, which has been under development since 2016, and the first launch is scheduled for 2023. The first stage of the promising middle-class rocket will be equipped with an RD-171MV power plant, and the second - two RD-0124MS, which have already replaced the Ukrainian RD-120 in the third stage Soyuz-2.1b.