Military Capabilities

Key US lawmaker unhappy with US Air Force next-generation rocket engine progress

26 September 2017

Key Points

  • A powerful US lawmaker thinks the USAF’s next-generation rocket engines should be further along
  • The USAF is banned from using Russian-developed rocket engines beyond 2019

A key United States lawmaker is unhappy with the US Air Force’s (USAF's) progress in developing next-generation rocket engines, but he is not ready to propose legislation allowing the service to buy more Russian boosters.

House Armed Services (HASC) strategic forces subcommittee chairman Michael Rogers of Alabama told Jane’s on 26 September that he believes the USAF has not been providing the proper amount of funding in a timely manner to contractors developing next-generation engines.

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