Says Dmitry Rogozin - the Deputy Prime Minister in charge of defense industry
- So far a Russian concern has been China reverse-engineering the technology supplied,
- but now talks are ongoing on agreement to maintain Russia’s intellectual property
IRKUTSK, Russia, July 6 (TASS) - China may buy rocket engines for it space program from Russia, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin told TASS on Monday.
"We are talking about urgently preparing the most complex intergovernmental agreements that will outline the issue of maintaining Russia’s intellectual property on most high-technology production which will be sold in China. These are, first of all, rocket engines. China displays great interest in this issue," Rogozin said.
The deputy prime minister noted that China is interested "in a number of services and products, which will be very important for the development of the Chinese space program, in particular, for its lunar program." China’s lunar program is practically impossible withour "certain supplies of equipment from Russia," Rogozin added.