Iranian IRGC force equipped with home-made helicopters

During a ceremony  held the Central province of Isfahan on September 23, General Taqizadeh said that 3 Shahed 278 and one Shahed 285 helicopters were delivered to the IRGC Ground Force.

Iranian IRGC force equipped with home made helicopters Shahed 285 (Picture source: Shahram Sharifi )

"These mechanical, hydraulic and electro avionic systems and full body of these helicopters have been built after indigenization by the Iranian experts from 0 to 100," he added.

The composite Shahed-278 is a relatively light helicopter with 682 kg of empty weight. It is a four-seater; intended for dual military/civil use, though designed primarily to meet military requirements. It was designed entirely in Iran, according to the manufacturer, although some sources report use of locally made airframe and dynamic components of the Bell 206 JetRanger. Shahed-278 has a four hours flight endurance and newer models can be equipped with MFD displays. The newer models are 11.82m long, 1.92m wide and 2.98m high. Body weight is increased to 750 kg. Maximum takeoff weight is 1450 kg, and maximum engine power is 420 hp.

Shahed-285  is a light attack/reconnaissance helicopter developed in Iran and base on the Shahed 278.