JNN 12 Jan 2013 Tehran : The Islamic Republic of Iran plans to manufacture three domestically-designed passenger planes by 2026, according to a senior Iranian aviation official.
Head of Iran’s Civil Aviation Organization Hamid Reza Pahlevani said on Tuesday that the country will build planes capable of carrying 80, 100 and 150 passengers as part of efforts to meet its increasing air transportation demands, the Fars News Agency reported.
Iran is currently cooperating with Ukraine and Russia in the production and operation of the Antonov An-140 airliner, which can carry 52 passengers.
After purchasing the production license for the An-140 from Ukraine in 2000, Iran built its first Iran-140 passenger plane in 2003.
On December 11, 2012, Manouchehr Manteqi, the managing director of Iran Aviation Industries Organization, said the country’s 40-year-old aviation industry has made great achievements in designing aircraft and overhauling the existing aviation fleet.
Iran and Ukraine are in the final stages of their talks to jointly produce Antonov-148 and Antonov- 158 passenger planes, semi-official Fars news agency reported Saturday.
Tehran and Kiev’s negotiations on the joint production of Antonov-148 and Antonov-158 passenger planes have reached the final stages and it is expected that the operational preparations will be started by the end of the Iranian month of Azar (late December), Iranian Ambassador to Ukraine Akbar Qasemi told Fars Saturday.
“Based on the agreements, we will start the production of Antonov-148 with the capacity of 86 seats and Antonov-158 which will seat 96 passengers in the near future,” Qasemi said, adding that “both planes have turbo engines.”
In August, President of Tehran’s Amir Kabir University Alireza Rahaei said Iranian experts had completed the feasibility studies of Iran’s national plan to build 150 passenger airplanes and the project had entered the designing and manufacturing phase.
By 2021, the country needs 600 passenger planes out of which 270 aircraft should have the capacity for 100 to 150 passengers, said Rahaei.
Iran has seen several air disasters, involving both civil and military aircraft, in recent years.
Experts said the U.S.-imposed sanctions against Iran, which prevented its allies from selling aircraft or plane parts to the country, have undermined safety standards within Iran’s civil and military aviation fleet.
Iran has unveiled its latest combat helicopter Toufan 2 (Storm 2) during a ceremony attended by the country’s Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi.
Speaking during the ceremony on Wednesday, Vahidi said the chopper belongs to a new generation of combat helicopters and enjoys modern and advanced technologies, including high-precision targeting capability.
He noted that Toufan 2 employs Iran’s latest indigenous achievements in electronics, optics, laser and armament capabilities.
The Iranian minister hailed Toufan 2 as a symbol of creativity and self-sufficiency in the face of the enemies’ sanctions.
Vahidi stated that the aircraft will dramatically boost the combat power of the Iranian armed forces once its mass production begins.
Developed by the Iranian Aviation Industries Organization (IAIO), Toufan 2 was unveiled on the sixth and final day of naval exercises spanning the Strait of Hormuz to the Indian Ocean.
Iran also unveiled its first domestically manufactured helicopters during the inauguration ceremony of the Sixth International Aviation Industry Exhibition on December 12, 2012.
Panha 1 and Panha 2 helicopters are designed to conduct military operations and logistic missions, and can carry 14 and 8 passengers respectively.
The Shahriar, a completely overhauled medium-lift, twin-engine helicopter with a capacity of 20 passengers, was also displayed during the 2012 ceremony on Iran’s southern Kish Island.
In recent years, Iran has made great achievements in the defense sector and attained self-sufficiency in essential military equipment and systems.
The Islamic Republic has repeatedly made it clear that its military might is merely based on the nation’s defense doctrine of deterrence and poses no threat to other countries.