Russian Officials: Rocket Engine Maker Lost $32M with Half-cost Sales to U.S. [RIA Novosti]
The Russian Comptroller’s Office has accused the engineering firm NPO Energomash of selling RD-180 rocket engines to the United States at half their production cost, Russia’s RIA Novosti news agency reported May 11.
The result was a loss of $32 million in 2008-2009, the report said. It did not say how many engines had been sold.
The RD-180 powers the U.S. Atlas 5 rocket, routinely used by NASA and the Pentagon to launch high-value satellites.