Russian rocket engines soon to serve the Indian space program?

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (VOP TODAY NEWS) — For its space program, India aims to acquire Russian rocket engines, Moscow and New Delhi cooperating actively in the field of astronautics.

India plans to buy rocket engines for Russia’s space program, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov said after meeting with India’s foreign minister in New Delhi.

The Deputy Prime Minister added that Moscow and New Delhi are actively cooperating in the fields of astronautics and space navigation.

Borissov also congratulated India for the successful launch of its mission to the Moon, which aims to place a lander and a mobile robot near the South Pole of the Moon around September 6th.

Russian rocket engines for the United States and NASA

The RD-180 Russian rocket engines are used by the US Air Force and NASA.

Developed by the Russian company NPO Energomash, the RD-180 is a liquid propellant rocket engine that propels the first stage of the Atlas V rocket.

In the context of the Ukrainian crisis, the United States Congress banned the military use of these engines from 2019. Last October, Energomash handed over four new RD-180 thrusters to the US side.

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