Russia is sending last RD-180 rocket engines to the United States, Igor Arbuzov, CEO of Energomash Scientific and Production Association, told RIA Novosti.
“These engines are ready, but the coronavirus pandemic does not give us an opportunity to ship them to the United States. We are shipping them this year. They are the last engines under the current contract,” the official said.
According to the information posted on the public procurement website, Russia is shipping six RD-180 power units to the United States this year.
In July 2020, Blue Origin delivered the first BE-4 rocket engine to the United Launch Alliance (ULA). This is not a serial, but a test engine.
In January 2018, Energomash CEO, Igor Arbuzov, said that more than a half of the company's profit comes from RD-180 and RD-181 rocket engines shipments to the United States.
The troops of the Southern and Western military districts will begin to return from Russia's southern borders to the points of their permanent deployment starting April 23