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PANHA Iran Helicopter Support and Renewal Company

PANHA is an Iranian helicopter manufacturing company. Following the purchase by Iran of some Italian helicopters from Agusta Company, it became important to establish a plant for support and repair these helicopters. This plant was named; Iran Joint Helicopter Industry. Later on, after purchase of some large number of helicopters from Bell, planning for expansion of this plant to support the new fleet started.

Iran is planning to license produce over 50 Russian-designed Ka-32 helicopters, the managing director of Iran Aviation Industries Organization (IAIO), Majid Hedayat, said at the Iran Air Show 2008. Iran is planning to manufacture over 50 Russian-designed Ka-32 helicopters under a production license. Ka-32 is a civilian version of the Russian Ka-27 military helicopter developed by the Kamov design bureau. "We have long been considering the Kamov helicopter manufacturer as our partner...and we are planning to sign a contract on the licensed production of at least 50 Ka-32 helicopters [in Iran]," the managing director of Iran Aviation Industries Organization (IAIO), Majid Hedayat, said at the Iran Air Show 2008. Ka-32 is a 12-ton aircraft than can carry up to four tons of payload. It can stay in the air about four hours per sortie and cruises at 205 kilometers an hour. The Ka-27 has been used by the Russian navy since the 1970s. There are fears in the West that with the ability to manufacture the Ka-32, Iran could easily convert them back to their original Ka-27 military configuration.

Part of this expansion was to create three major sections.

  • 1. (NMP) Repair and Maintenance Center
  • 2. (HDMC) Main Fleet Repair Center
  • 3. (NICP) Logistics and Support Center After Iran's revolution in 1979, US embargo on Iran, and start of Iran-Iraq war, PANHA Company started its operation with a goal of support and maintaining helicopters in the war. After few years, they became self sufficient in repair and maintaining all of the military helicopters. Following this success, in 1986, their task of repair, maintain, and support expanded to other organizations like communication, oil, Red Cross of Iran, and power plants.

    Currently, this organization repair and maintain ten kinds of military and non military helicopters in sixteen different models. In 1994, experts at PANHA Company completed the structure of their first helicopter called Shabaviz. After this, they have received their first official permit to start manufacturing commercial helicopters.

    Accomplishments:

    • Repair and maintain nine kinds of helicopters in fifteen different models. (205, 206, 212, 214, CH, RH, SH, 412, Mil 17)
    • Body structure and upgrading helicopters
    • Design and configuration of variety of helicopters windows and glasses
    • Design and manufacturing fixtures



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