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Russian Helicopters to Assemble Civil Helos in Iran With New Agreement

By S.L. Fuller | March 29, 2017
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Russian Helicopters and Iran’s Industrial Development & Renovation Organization (IDRO) have signed a memorandum of understand (MOU) for the assembly of the Russian Helicopters Ka-226 Ansat, the manufacturer said.

"We recognize Iran's high demand for light-class helicopters for exploitation for the benefit of civilian agencies. The joint Russian-Iranian venture is considered the assembly of light helicopters Ka-226,” said Russian Helicopters General Director Andrew Boginsky. “The negotiations on this issue are continuing. Memorandum signed today suggests that in the shortest possible time will be entered into a full-fledged cooperation agreement.”

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The agreement covers the development of the framework for Iran’s helicopter modernization program. It also helps Russian Helicopters expand its presence in the Middle East. The company said there are currently more than 50 of its helicopters in Iran, with the Mi-17 as the most popular. For the most part, the helicopters are used to fight organized crime.

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