Funding for the development of “Angara” launch vehicles increased by 1.7 times

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The budget for the creation and testing of Angara carrier rockets has been increased 1.7 times to 45.5 billion rubles for the period until 2026, RIA Novosti reports, citing materials from Roscosmos on the state procurement website.

In 2015, it was planned to allocate 32.4 billion rubles for the Amur experimental design work (ROC) to create a heavy-class missile complex for the period until 2025. In 2018, this amount was reduced to 26.2 billion.

According to the agency, the Amur ROC includes the creation of the Angara-A5M rocket and the development of the Angara-A5V rocket project with an oxygen-hydrogen third stage.

Also, according to the government procurement website, it is planned to spend 6.1 billion rubles for the manufacture of the first Angara-A5M, the second – 6.2 billion. Their assembly will be completed in 2023-2025.

The press service of the Roscosmos corporation explained that the high price of the Angara-A5 rocket is explained by the logistics of production, as well as by piece assembly.

On July 8, the general director of NPO Energomash Igor Arbuzov said that the first launch of the Angara-A5 heavy rocket with the new RD-191 engine is scheduled for 2023.

Angara is a family of environmentally friendly launch vehicles of various classes. It includes light carriers “Angara-1.2”, medium – “Angara-A3”, heavy – “Angara-A5” and increased carrying capacity – “Angara-A5B”.

The first test launch of the Angara-A5 launch vehicle was successfully carried out in 2014 from the Plesetsk cosmodrome. In 2019, Roskosmos decided to carry out further launches of the Angara from the Vostochny cosmodrome.

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