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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Ukraine Sells Missile Parts to France

KIEV -- A Ukrainian rocket plant has agreed to sell technology used to build powerful Soviet-era nuclear missiles to a French space firm, according to the Interfax Ukraine news agency. The French firm Aerospatiale, which is building the Ariane-5 space rocket, signed three contracts worth $109,000 with the Yuzhmash plant in Dnipropetrovsk, space agency official Andriy Zhalko-Tytarenko said Monday. The contracts envisage the sale of rocket technology including an oxygen tank and other components used in building the Soviet SS-24 missile. Aerospatiale plans to use the technology to build a small rocket for putting satellites into low orbits, Zhalko-Tytarenko said. Ukraine last month joined an international pact on non-proliferation of rocket technology, opening the door for cooperation in space.