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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.

In addition to the design and manufacture of helicopters, Pennas has turned the Islamic Republic of Iran into the largest helicopter maintenance and repair facility in the region, as reported by the Mehr News Agency , along with the helicopter design and production expertise, as the largest and largest helicopter company in the region and a non-rival company in Asia and the Middle East. With more than 3,000 types of engineering equipment, the company is capable of repairing and overhauling all types of military and civilian helicopters complying with all international standards. Among other actions of this company is the modernization and upgrading of the domestic helicopter fleet, including Eastern and Western helicopters, along with the manufacture and production of helicopter microplanes.

What is important in the country's helicopter industry is the need for the government and the various devices of the country to pay more attention to the development of this industry. The progress of the Islamic Republic of Iran in the design and production of various commercial and military helicopters, along with its global competitors, seems to require more investment in this field and the introduction of various devices for global marketing in the country's helicopter industry.

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.


  • 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

Ka-32 helicopter

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


    Since 2002 the Iran Helicopter Support and Manufacturing Industry has built small numbers of the Shabaviz. There are many correct ways to spell Shabaviz depending on the language used. The numerological definition for this name gives a life path number of 7 for Shabaviz. A person with the destiny number 7 learns very early on in life that one has to face a world dominated by material things and money head on without any fear that they could not prevail there. People with this life number have the ability to recognize and understand their own limitations. People with the destiny number 7 show much talent in diplomacy and are able to mediate any dispute by having both parties agree conciliatory. It is not surprising therefore that these people are often involved in critical situations again and again as a counselor.

    • Panha Shabaviz 206-1 / 2061 reconnaissance helicopter is an iranian-produced helicopter used by the islamic republic of iran air force. it is an unlicensed reverse-engineered and upgraded bell 206
    • Panha Shabaviz 207-5 transport helicopter - based on bell 204/205
    • Panha Shabaviz 209-1 2091 / attack helicopter is loosely based on the Bell AH-1 Supercobra

    These are all based on the Bell 206 designs of the US firm Bell Helicopter. The Panha Shabaviz 2061 is an Iranian-produced helicopter used by the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force. It is an unlicensed reverse-engineered and upgraded Bell 206 Jet Ranger.

    Sorena / Surena helicopter

    Sorena / Surena helicopter In recent years, Iran's Helicopter Modernization and Support Company (Panah) affiliated to the Air Defense Industry Ministry of Defense and Support of the Armed Forces, aimed at meeting the needs of the Islamic Republic of Iran in the field of commercial helicopters, designed and constructed three models of commercial and educational helicopters the 4th Sovereign Helicopter, the Saba 248 Helicopter and the Homa, a four-person helicopter, will continue to introduce these three new products.

    The Sorena lightweight helicopter was unveiled in November 2014 at the seventh Iranian Aerospace Show in Kish. Surena piston-engined helicopters, including the costs of training, patrol, used in events and mission of an organization such as the Red Crescent is use.

    the production of this helicopter is currently Semi-industrial and almost one year old. Due to the slowness of the production of this helicopter, it can be noted that flight tests and lack of customer experience were not completed. The Surena helicopter has the highest lifting weight of 1144 kg. The highest speed is 240-160 km / h depending on the various conditions (160 km in standard mode). Elevation 14,000 feet. Height up to 9000 feet. 5.08 meters per second. Range of 555 km.

    maximum weight rose1144 kg
    highest speed240 km / h
    Ceiling height14 thousand feet
    ceiling height is stationary9000 feet
    Climb rate5.08 meters per second
    range555 km

    Saba-248 helicopter

    Saba-248The helicopter is a multi-purpose hybrid helicopter, and was unveiled March 2017 in the presence of the Secretary of Defense and Armed Forces support at Panna. The Saba 244 is a two-engined, 4-mkh with a capacity of 8 passengers. It has missions for cargo and passenger transportation and rescue, photographing and identifying operations, air ambulance, off-shore operations, domestic and foreign cargo and taxi transfers. The number 284 indicates that Saba has 2 engines, 4 rotor blades and the total capacity of 8 people.

    Defense Ministry unveiled an "indigenous" helicopter, Saba-248, on 08 March 2017 in the presence of Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan and VP Surena Sattari. Despite its obvious resemblance to the American Bell 427, Iranian industry and its military bill the PANHA Saba-248 as an indigenous development. Speaking during the ceremony, Dehghan said we are honored to unveil an important project in the year of "Economy of Resistance: Action and Implementation.

    Pointing to the newly-developed military helicopter, he said it is designed and manufactured by Iranian experts at the Defense Ministry in cooperation with science and research centers as well as knowledge-based enterprises in the country. The state-of-the-art Saba-248 helicopter has a light and medium weight class; it is multi-purpose, twin-engined, and has four-bladed airscrew and the capacity of 8 passengers, Dehghan added.

    The minister noted that the military hardware is able to participate in cargo and passenger transport missions as well as rescue, photographing and reconnaisance operations. 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.

    According to the official IRNA news agency, the four-bladed Saba-248 has two engines but it is capable of operating with just one, and that it can fly in temperatures ranging from minus 25 to 55 degrees Celsius (minus 13 to 131 degrees Fahrenheit). The helicopter would be supplied at competitive prices based on customers military and civilian demands and the ability to export to international markets, especially Islamic countries, he said. Dehghan congratulated the Leader of Islamic Revolution and Iranian nation for the achievement, saying the Defense Ministry has put the production of heavy helicopters on the agenda this year and hopes to realize the goal in the coming years.

    Helicopter "Saba-248"
    highest rise3000 kgs
    Portable Weight800 kg
    Number of occupants2 people crew and 6 passengers
    The highest speed278 km / h
    Flight Altitude6 thousand meters
    Standing flight ceiling5100 meters
    Operational range970 km
    Climb rate10 meters per second
    Continuity of flight4 hours and 50 minutes

    Hama / Homa

    Homa national helicopter Homa, which is the third Iran-made helicopter, can be armed with various weapon systems and get equipped with a radar-evading capability. The chopper has been manufactured considering Iran's conditions and can fly in mountainous areas and on the sea.

    Hama is another Iranian helicopter designed and manufactured by Iran's Helicopter Support and Renovation Company (PANH) in recent years. The helicopter, which includes multi-purpose helicopters with two engines and four locomotives, such as the Saba helicopter, can be used in various missions such as passenger, coastal and offshore operations, cargo handling, air ambulance, border and city surveillance, Search and rescue. ccording to the company's managing director, Panna has the ability to steal and use weapons for military purposes, carrying 15 passengers including 2 crew members and 13 passengers. By 2015 the helicopter was undergoing testing and evaluation to obtain the necessary flight certifications.

    Managing-Director of Iran's Helicopter Renovation and Logistics Company (PANHA) General Mohammad Ali Ahmadabadi announced 16 February 2015 that the country's latest home-made helicopter, 'Homa', is having its final flight tests. "The helicopter has been built as a result of the efforts of PANHA company and is a 14-seater chopper," Ahmadabadi told reporters. "Homa has had its test flight and is now in the final test stage," he added.

    Homa national helicopter
    maximum weight5262 kg
    Portable Weight1400 kg
    Number of occupants2 people crew and 13 passengers
    highest speed246 km / h
    Flight Altitude4968 meters
    Standing flight ceiling3810 meters
    Operational range 524 km
    Climb rate7 meters per second

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