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World Defense & Security News - Iran
Iran unveils new homegrown Saba 248 utility helicopter
Iran unveiled a new homegrown helicopter dubbed “Saba-248” which has been fully designed and manufactured by domestic experts at the Iranian Defense Ministry, Tasnim News announced on March 7, 2017. The helicopter was unveiled during a ceremony in Tehran on Tuesday attended by Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan and Vice-President for Science and Technology Affairs Sorena Sattari.
Iran unveils homegrown Saba 248 utility helicopter 640 001Iran's brand new Saba 248 medium-lift helicopter
(Credit: Tasnim News)
Iran's new medium-lift helicopter is multifunctional with two engines and has eight seats. It can be deployed to a wide variety of missions, including freight and passenger transport missions, rescue operations, aerial photography and reconnaissance missions and can be used as air ambulance and air taxi.

On the technical specifications of the helicopter, Dehghan pointed to the use of modern technologies in the field of navigation, conduct and mechanical systems, acceptable function with sole engine, high reliability, low sound and vibration, high speed, operating temperature range of -25 °C to 55 °C and an aerodynamic body.

On November 18, 2014, Iran unveiled a new home-made helicopter named 'Sorena' in the 7th International Air and Aviation Industries exhibition underway on Kish Island in the Persian Gulf.

Sorena is a 4-seater helicopter with 300 HP, has a flight speed of 160km and enjoys dual guiding system.