Russia in 2022 will release two new engines – RD-182 and RD-120MS – for Russian and foreign space rockets. This was reported in the “Glavkosmos” (an enterprise of “Roscosmos”), RIA Novosti reports.
The development of the RD-182 engine for the first stages of promising Russian and foreign space rockets and the RD-120MS engine for the upper stages of these rockets has been underway since 2019.
The prototype for them is the RD-120 engine developed by NPO Energomash, which was used on the second stage of the Zenit rocket and was manufactured in Ukraine for 30 years.
Russia is now exporting the RD-180 and RD-181 engines for the American Atlas and Antares missiles.
On October 28, it was reported that the United States had solved the problem of replacing the Russian RD-180. The American BE-4 engines should receive, in particular, the Vulcan rocket, created to replace the Atlas 5 rocket, which receives Russian RD-180 engines.
In January 2018, the general director of Energomash, Igor Arbuzov, said that more than half of the company's revenue comes from deliveries of RD-180 and RD-181 rocket engines to the United States.