WASHINGTON - The Pentagon's chief arms buyer on Tuesday said US sanctions against Russia do not at this time bar the use of Russian RD-180 engines to power the Atlas 5 rockets that carry US military and intelligence satellites into space.
Defense Undersecretary Frank Kendall said the Pentagon had reviewed the issue with the Treasury Department in response to questions raised by Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain after Russia revamped the way it manages its space businesses.
Kendall told an event hosted by the Washington Space Business Roundtable the review was still being finalized, but it did not appear that the Russian reorganization would extend US sanctions to rocket engines built by NPO Energomash.
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