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U.S. General: Air Force to Shift Away from Russian Engines

Air Force Times reports: “Make no mistake, the Air Force doesn’t want to use Russian-made rocket engines, a top general said Friday.”  

“’The DoD is absolutely committed to transitioning off the RD-180. There should be no doubt,’ said Lt. Gen. Samuel Greaves, the commander of the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center.”  

“The Russian-made RD-180 engines are currently being used by United Launch Alliance, a joint Boeing-Lockheed Martin organization that has many of the defense contracts for launching U.S. military satellites and equipment into space.”

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