Collecting engines “Proton”, the plant decided to transfer to the new Manager

The work of the Voronezh mechanical plant

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The plant, which produces engines for carrier rockets “proton”, will be transferred under management of “Energomash”. Earlier it became known about the withdrawal of all engines of the second and third stages of “proton-M” because of their inadequate quality

Voronezh mechanical plant (VMZ), collecting engines for carrier rockets of the “Soyuz” and “proton” will pass under the control of the scientific-production Association “Energomash”. About it reports “Kommersant” with reference to several top-managers of enterprises of the space industry.

According to them, the decision was taken during a meeting under the leadership of Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, held on Saturday, January 28, in order to bring the company, put the brakes on starting the program “Proton” from the crisis. Currently VMZ is a subsidiary of the State space scientific production center Khrunichev.

“In the context of forming integrated structures of the rocket engine, and also to implement strategies to improve the quality of manufactured products “Roscosmos” made the decision to move VMZ under our management” — confirmed the General Director of “Energomash” Igor Arbuzov. He noted that the “road map” of reforms has been developed.

About the problems with the engines of the second and third stage of “Proton” was announced on January 25. “Kommersant” reported that because of the technological problems that have been discovered according to the results of fire tests, it was decided to recall all engines of the second and third stages of the rockets produced at VMZ in 2015. As noted by the publication, the opinion of a dozen engines could impact on the conduct of launches of carrier rockets from the Baikonur cosmodrome.

Then in the “Roskosmos” reported that the industry is total quality control of products, and the delay of launches of “Proton” is really possible. Soon the Corporation said the engines of the second stage of “Proton” was going on VMZ violation of the design documentation in use does not meet the technical requirements of the solder.

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