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Rocket engines ban may lead to $5 billion losses to US

They are used to launch Atlas-5 carrier rockets designed by Lockheed-Martin Corporation for military projects
RD-180 engine (archive) ITAR-TASS/Yuri Mashkov
RD-180 engine (archive)
© ITAR-TASS/Yuri Mashkov

WASHINGTON, May 22. /ITAR-TASS/. Losses of some $5 billion are said to confront the United States if Russia goes ahead with the idea of halting delivery of rocket engines used to launch American defense satellites. Profits loss and the danger of closure threaten the engine-makers as well, its managers warn.