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Iran in talks with Russian Helicopters for Ansat & Ka-226T helicopters deliveries

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World Aviation Defense & Security News - Iran
 
 
Iran in talks with Russian Helicopters for Ansat & Ka-226T helicopters deliveries
 
The Russian Helicopters holding is in talks with Iran on the deliveries of Ansat and Ka-226T light multirole helicopters for the Islamic republic's health ministry, the company’s press service said Tuesday, August 25. “Russian Helicopters is in talks to supply light helicopters Ansat and Ka-226T for the Ministry of Health and Medical Education of Iran," said Russian Helicopters Deputy CEO Alexander Shcherbinin.
     
Iran in talks with Russian Helicopters for Ansat Ka 226T helicopters deliveries 640 001Russian Helicopters' Ansat light multipurpose helicopter
(Credit: Russian Helicopters)
     
"The helicopters will be used to create an air ambulance service. In addition to the supply of helicopters, we are working on potentially setting up an assembly line in Iran. According to our estimates, Iran's need for light Russian helicopters is about 60 units," Alexander Shcherbinin added.

Given the continued increase in fleet of Russian-made helicopters to Iran, Russian Helicopters is actively pursuing the issue of establishing an authorized service center with the Iranian company IHSRC. The main purpose of the repair center would be to improve safety, to ensure quality of maintenance and repairs, as well as to improve the performance of the existing fleet of Russian helicopters. The result of this work would be a system of after-sales service of Russian rotorcraft that would satisfy the operator’s needs.

Currently, there are more than 50 Russian-made helicopters in Iran. The highest demand is for the Mi-17 helicopter. Iran has maintained almost the entire model range of this type of helicopters: the Mi-17s, the Mi-171s, the Mi-171Es, the Mi-8 MTVs and the Mi-17V-5s. One of the main operators of Russian-made helicopters in Iran is the Red Cross and the Red Crescent. Their rotorcraft has proven itself well in hot climates and high altitudes of this Middle Eastern country.