Proton-M will no longer be assembled in a year

Proton-M will no longer be assembled in a year

Representatives of the Khrunichev Center said that the last copies of the legendary Russian Proton-M launch vehicle will be manufactured in 2023. After that, production will be completed. The leadership of the aerospace industry has made the final decision on the fate of the model.

Back in 2018, the head of Roscosmos, D. Rogozin, set the task of switching to more modern versions of launch vehicles. Despite the fact that Proton-M still meets the tasks assigned to it, the Khrunichev Center cannot cope with a diverse workload. To increase the efficiency of the enterprise, it must abandon the outdated model and focus on assembling super-heavy Angara missiles.

Footage from the December launch of the Proton-M launch vehicle

Today, work is underway to manufacture the last 4 units in accordance with previously concluded contracts. Attention is focused on the Angara, since it is she who is primarily interested in the main customer - the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation. The process is not being forced, as the launch of Protons is scheduled for next year. In total, 13 more launches will be carried out using these launch vehicles.

One of the main reasons for stopping the production of the Proton-M model is the high level of environmental pollution. It does not meet modern environmental standards, as it uses heptyl-based fuel. Kerosene is used in Angara, which has reduced the amount of harmful emissions. This modification will become the main one for at least the next 10 years. According to the developers, the model meets the established requirements and is suitable for launching devices of any type, including heavy ones.

Angara is a more modern model with lower emissions

This is an equivalent replacement for the Proton-M, surpassing it in a number of characteristics. Khrunichev Center engineers are constantly working on improving a number of parameters in order to increase equipment reliability and reduce the risk of failure to a minimum. According to them, the current system will be relevant for a long time, it is distinguished by versatility and flexibility of settings. It is also important that the equipment is assembled from Russian components. Sanctions from a number of states will not affect the work in any way, missiles are being produced in accordance with the previously approved schedule.

According to representatives of Roskosmos, the completion of the production of Proton-M and the transition to Angara will give impetus to the development of the aerospace industry and increase the profitability of manufacturing launch vehicles.
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  1. Completing the production of Protons when the Angara has not yet been tested properly is idiocy or direct betrayal of Russia!
    1. 123 Offline 123
      123 (123) 4 May 2022 14: 08
      The completion of the production of Protons when the Angara has not yet been tested properly is idiocy or a direct betrayal of Russia!

      How should it be tested?
      1. silently. Take it and run Razik Angara 3 - that's what can be considered suitable. For now - YOU CAN'T DO WITHOUT A PROTON!
        py si
        let me say a few words without protocol. The work of the black lumberjacks who obscenely laid waste to Siberia - that's direct threat nature of Russia! And the fact that a couple of liters of fuel will drip onto the ground from the Proton is nothing compared to the billions of smoked cigarettes!
        1. 123 Offline 123
          123 (123) 4 May 2022 16: 22
          silently. Take it and run Razik Angara 3 - that's what can be considered suitable. In the meantime - YOU CAN'T DO WITHOUT A PROTON!

          And where did you get the idea that it did not run? The other day, another test launch took place (light Angara 1.2.) A satellite for the Ministry of Defense was sent into orbit.

          This is the heavy version of Angara 5, December 2020.

          This is Angara 5, December 2021.

          py si
          In my opinion, I didn’t write anything about heptyl to you. hi
          1. Few. let them roll some more! And a new start will be launched! And I mentioned heptyl in connection with the speeches of smart people for ecology
            1. 123 Offline 123
              123 (123) 4 May 2022 19: 39
              Few. let them roll some more!

              How many?

              And a new start will be launched!

              They are completing construction on Vostochny, flies from Plesetsk.
              1. Observer2014 Offline Observer2014
                Observer2014 5 May 2022 17: 59
                123-BoBot Robot - Free Thinking Machine I love it when you argue laughing It is in disputes that truth is born. And in general, among us, among Russians in Russia, as they say, dear ones scold only amuse themselves ..
              2. 10 launches from Vostochny!
  2. DPN Offline DPN
    DPN (DPN) 4 May 2022 15: 00
    I don’t understand, is this a RATsPREDLOZHENIE or something new?
  3. 1_2 Offline 1_2
    1_2 (Ducks are flying) 4 May 2022 18: 47
    they want to make the first stages reusable with wings to land, and the second stage could also be made reusable in the form of a spaceplane
    1. so let them try it, and when they finish, you can write off the Proton too!
  4. ont65 Offline ont65
    ont65 (Oleg) 5 May 2022 11: 22
    An interesting fate for this car, hopefully repeated by the Angra family. Like its descendant, Proton grew out of the UR-100 - UR-900 family. Everything new is the same well-known old.