Russia's RD-180 rocket engines handed over to U.S.

Russia's RD-180 rocket engines handed over to U.S.

Four Russian-built RD-180 rocket engines have been transferred to their U.S. buyers, the NPO Energomash rocket engine producer said in a website statement.

"Four RD-180 engines have been handed over to buyers. On October 26, 2018, Pratt & Whitney, United Launch Alliance and RD AMROSS singed the engines’ log books," TASS cited the statement as saying.

During the two weeks preceding the engines’ handover, representatives from the two U.S. companies and the Russian-U.S. joint venture RD AMROSS, along with other representatives from NASA and the U.S. Air Force, had been externally inspecting the engines, checking their spare parts and accompanying documents, NPO Energomash added.

According to the manufacturer, the engines are ready to be sent out. NPO Energomash also said that in April 2018, four RD-180 engines had already been supplied to buyers. "Another three RD-180 engines are expected to be delivered in November," the company added.