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Russian Helicopters and Iran's IRDO to form new joint venture for light helicopter assembly

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World Aviation Defense & Security News - Russia
 
 
Russian Helicopters and Iran's IRDO to form new joint venture for light helicopter assembly
 
Russian Helicopters Group, part of Russia’s state hi-tech corporation Rostec, and the Industrial Development & Renovation Organization of Iran (IDRO) have signed a memorandum to set up a joint venture for light helicopter assembly, the group’s press office said.
     
Russian Helicopters and Iran s IRDO to form new joint venture for light helicopter assembl 640 001Russian Helicopters and IRDO will form new JV for assembling either the Ka-226 or the Ansat light helicopter
(Credit: Russian Helicopters)
     
The memorandum of understanding was signed by Russian Helicopters Group CEO Andrei Boginsky and Chairman of the IDRO Board of Directors Mansour Moazzami to develop Russian-Iranian cooperation under the program of upgrading Iran’s helicopter fleet.

"We have noted the acute need of Iranian civilian agencies for light helicopters. The Russian-Iranian joint venture may assemble either the Kamov Ka-226 [NATO reporting name: Hoodlum] or the Ansat light helicopter," the press office quoted Boginsky as saying.

"Talks on the issue are under way. The memorandum signed today stipulates that a full-fledged cooperation agreement will be signed in the imminent future," Boginsky added.

As of today, Iran operates more than 50 Russian-made helicopters. The Mil Mi-17 (Hip) rotorcraft is the most popular. Iran uses virtually the whole range of helicopters of the type, in particular, the Mi-17, Mi-171, Mi-171E, Mi-8MTV and Mi-17V-5.
     
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