Air Force Issues RFP for RD-180 Engine Replacement Program

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Air Force photo

The U.S. Air Force is seeking public-private investment proposals for the development of alternative Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle engines.

USAF said Tuesday the solicitation comes under an initiative to replace the Russian-made RD-180 with locally made rocket propulsion systems.

Lt. Gen. Sam Greaves, commander of the Air Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center, said the goal is to “solidify U.S. assured access to space, transition the EELV program away from strategic foreign reliance and support the U.S. launch industry’s commercial viability in the global market.”air-force-tile-ad

The military branch plans to invest in up to four prototype rocket engines on a rolling basis and said each investment is slated to last 12 to 18 months.

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