Khrunichev Gobbles Up More of the Russian Space Effort

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KHRUNICHEV SPACE CENTER PRESS RELEASE
August 5, 2008

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev accepted the Government’s offer to transfer 100 percent of the federally–owned shares of the Voronezh–based open joint stock company “Konstruktorskoe Buro Khimavtomatiky” (OSC KBKhA) to the state-run research and production Khrunichev Space Center (KhSC).

The decision is another major step towards the reorganization of KhSC into a large integrated structure which groups together a number of closely cooperating developers and manufacturers of the company’s main products. The KhSC restructuring is aimed at retaining and further developing research and development & production base within the group to ensure consistent quality and increased production of the company’s product lines. The main purpose of the integration is to strengthen Russian space industry’s competitive positions in the global space launch market.

In February 2007, after other four enterprises – the Voronezh Mechanical Plant, A.M. Isaev Chemical Engineering Design Bureau (also known as “Khimmash,” in Korolev, Moscow Region), Moscow Enterprise for Equipment Configuration “Dlina” and Production Association “Polyot” (in Omsk) – joined the company as new branches, Khrunichev turned into the largest Russian space industry’s entity. In addition, in 2008 Khrunichev gained controlling interest of Proton-Permskiye Motory, an Omsk-based company, which specializes in RD-275 liquid rocket engines used as part of heavy-lift Proton M Stage 1 propulsion system).

KBKhA – one of the world leaders in development of liquid rocket engines, participant of all Russian-based manned space flight programs. KBKhA today is a modern scientific and manufacturing incorporation operating within the whole development cycle of liquid rocket engines (LRE) for military rockets, scientific and commercial launch vehicles. Apart from other advanced projects, KBKhA is in process of developing LRE RD0124A to be used in second/third stage of “Angara” LV family to orbit a space apparatus of a heavy class from Russian Spaceports.