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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Chamber's Energomash Audit Ends with Results Kept Secret

The Audit Chamber on Friday completed its audit of rocket engine maker Energomash, a process that has resulted in the arrest of two senior officials at the chamber, but said it would not disclose its findings for security reasons.

Energomash's export license was frozen for four months in May, resulting in delays of engine deliveries to a joint venture with U.S. firms Boeing and Lockheed Martin, as a consequence of the audit. The company was later approached by a lawyer with a proposal to have the freeze overturned in exchange for a 7 million euro ($9.9 million) bribe, Energomash said last week.

Federal Security Service agents last month detained the official leading the audit, Defense Ministry officer Yury Gaidukov, the head of the Audit Chamber's legal department, Zarina Farniyeva, and two associates. They are currently under arrest.

The Audit Chamber said in a statement Friday that it forwarded the conclusions of its investigation to the government. Audit Chamber chief Sergei Stepashin said earlier this year that the findings would be kept confidential due to the classified nature of Energomash's operations.

United Launch Alliance, the joint venture that operates the Atlas rocket program, said Friday that it was not affected by the suspension of Energomash's export license.

Energomash supplies United Launch Alliance with RD-180 engines via a Florida-registered joint company, RD Amross, which it set up with Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne in 1997.

"We have engines in inventory and continue to receive RD-180 products from RD Amross," United Launch Alliance spokeswoman Julie Andrews said in an e-mail. "We continue to meet our launch manifest requirements."

The next Atlas launch is scheduled for Oct. 9 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, she said.