|Manufacturer||Yuzhnoye Design Bureau|
|Country of origin||Soviet Union|
|Gross mass||2,950 kg (6,500 lb)|
|Thrust||20 kN (4,500 lbf)|
|Specific impulse||315 s (3.09 km/s)|
Blok E was designed to soft land the LK on the surface of the Moon after orbital velocity was cancelled by Blok D. Later the same stage would fire for the second time for the liftoff and ascent from the Moon to rendezvous with the orbiting Soyuz 7K-LOK. Blok E used RD-858 (or 11D411), which has one nozzle and is deeply throttleable (from 2050 kg to 858 kg of thrust), as the primary engine. The backup engine was RD-859 (or 11D412), which has two nozzles.
Together, the two engines formed the propulsion system designated 11D410. Both engines burned a mix of unsymmetrical dimethyl hydrazine and nitrogen tetroxide. The hypergolic propellant components guaranteed their easy storage during a lunar expedition lasting at least 11 or 12 days.
The engines were equipped with clam-shell doors to prevent damaging it while staying on the surface of the Moon. There were four additional vernier engines placed between main and backup engine nozzles.