Design Office Yuzhnoye and Production Association Yuzhny Machine-Building plant named after A.M. Makarov will supply to Italian AVIO S.p.A 10 engines for the Vega launch vehicle for a total amount of almost 6 million euros.
The Italian side confirmed its willingness to expand cooperation on April 28 this year, the press service of the DO Yuzhnoye reports.
"The current contract contains an option providing for the manufacture of additional 10 units. Thanks to the Ukrainian diplomats, who kept the matter under control, repeatedly contacted both the company's management and representatives of the Italian Space Agency, which led to a positive result, "says Dmitry Nikon, chief economist at PA Yuzhny Machine-Building Plant.
"The current contract contains an option providing for the manufacture of ten more engine assemblies. We are grateful to Ukrainian diplomats who supported the conclusion of this agreement and held many discussions with both company's top managers and representatives of the Italian Space Agency, which has yielded this positive result," Dmytro Nikon, Senior Economist of Yuzhmash PA, says.
The DO reminds that the current contract for the supply of 11 main engine assemblies is valid until 2023. Seven assemblies have already been delivered by it, one will be shipped to the customer in the near future, and the manufacture of three main engine assemblies is under way.
For reference: The lightweight launch vehicle Vega is the joint project of the European Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency. Yuzhnoye SDO and Yuzhmash PA have been cooperating with Italian AVIO S.p.A under the Vega program since 2004. For these years, more than 20 main engine assemblies have been manufactured and delivered to AVIO S.p.A.
A feature of the main engine assemblies is the possibility of multiple launching during flight (up to 5 starts) that ensures the deployment of satellites into different orbits.
The Embassy of Ukraine in Italy promotes cooperation between Ukraine and Italy in the space industry. Italy is one of the founding countries of the European Space Agency and is among the top three contributors along with Germany and France.