"This amount seems reasonable to us to become competitive while we are moving away from complete dependence on Russian engines," said James at the Senate hearing.
However, she noted that the limitations in the military budget limit the capabilities of the military department.
“Unfortunately, the provisions of the defense budget for the 2016 fiscal year limit our ability to develop rocket engines, but we obey these requirements,” the minister said.
Russian RD-180 are used in the first stage of Atlas missiles, and to date the American defense industry has failed to create a domestic counterpart. At the end of last year, Energomash announced the signing of an additional agreement with the United States for the supply of more 20 engines.
Earlier it was reported that congressmen allocated $ 220 million for the development of a new engine.