Iran: Agreement on Designing Light Aircraft
The Defense Ministry and the Presidential Office for Science and Technology signed an agreement Wednesday for designing light planes and helicopters within two years, Iran Daily reported.
Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi and Vice-President for Science and Technology Nasrin Soltankhah signed the document, Fars News Agency reported. The deal obliges the Defense Ministry to design 4 to 19-seater planes and choppers.
"This contract was signed on the use of technology related to helicopters and light 4-19-seater planes. We will try to complete the project in cooperation with the other organizations," Vahidi said.
It is a national project with focus on domestic technology, he added.
Over the past decade Iran has taken major strides in its aviation industry. It is also producing a passenger plane IRAN-140.
In October Vahidi said his ministry is willing to mass produce the IRAN-140 and cargo planes.
The ministry so far has manufactured seven of the said planes. IRAN-140 is a double-engine turboprop aircraft which can fly 1,865 miles before re-fuelling and carry 52 passengers.