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Iranian Defence Minister Ahmad Vahidi said May 03, 2010 that Iran had designed a 150-seat passenger plane, which would be the country's largest built to date, the ministry's website reported. "We have designed a medium size passenger plane which can carry between 100 and 150 passengers and we are cooperating with the civil aviation authority to build bigger planes," the website quoted Vahidi as saying on Sunday. He did not offer details on when production would start.

The provenance of this seeminly indigenous design was unclear. It generally resembles a scaled down reversed-engineered version of the Russian 157-201 passenger Tu-204 / Tu-214, which Iran had discussed purchasing. It also resembles the European 107-185 passenger Airbus A320. It also had a passing resemblance to the Chinese 156-180 passenger C919, though no other known connection. Antonov in Ukraine did not seem to have a similar design.

Iran had already manufactured a twin-turboprop aircraft, the Iran-140, which is a licensed copy of the Ukrainian Antonov An-140. It can carry 52 passengers, or six tonnes of cargo, has a medium-haul range of 2,100 kilometres (1,250 miles) and is being built with Ukrainian help. Iran and Ukraine in the deal inked in the mid-1990s stipulated that 70 percent of Iran-140 components would be locally made and the rest supplied by Ukraine.

Iran had one of the best air safety records before the 1979 Islamic revolution, but it has suffered a number of major air accidents over the past decade, most involving Russian-made planes. A Western embargo banning the sales of new planes and parts, together with growing demand for air travel from a burgeoning population, forced Iran to look to Russia and the ex-Soviet republics for planes and air crew.

A senior aviation official announced on 11 July 2013 that Iran was designing a passenger jet which can accommodate 150 passengers. One published conceptual design for this aircraft featured 28 rows of 6-abrest seating, for 168 seats. The Iranian Armed Forces Aviation Industries Organization, Iranian Aircraft Manufacturing Company, Sharif University of Technology, Amir Kabir University of Technology, University of Science and Technology and Isfahan University under the supervision of Iran's Civil Aviation Organization were designing a 150-seater passenger jet, a move which is first not just in the country but also in the Middle-East, Head of Iran's Civil Aviation Organization Hamid Reza Pahlevani said. He explained that the heavy plane will be equipped with a turboprop double-engine capable of competing with all other jets in its class.

Alireza Jahangirian, head of Civil Aviation Organization (CAO) of Iran, said 13 March 2016 that the conceptual design of 100 to 150-seat passenger aircraft has been accomplished. The CAO head noted that the project marks one of the first national macro projects which was approved by Supreme Council of Science, Research and Technology (SCSRT) in 2012. Our country mostly needs 100 to 150-seat medium-range aircraft, underlined the official asserting the project will be delivered by Iran Aviation Industries Organization (IAIO) as well as the Defense Ministry of Iran.

Jahangiri stressed that the first phase comprised of conceptual design of the aircraft saying phase one was undertaken by Amirkabir and Isfahan Universities of Technology, Iran University of Science and Technology as well as Fars Science and Technology Park." Each institute worked on one part of the project comprising of body design and aircraft systems, engine design, avionic system design, parts of cargo and structure of the passenger aircraft, he underlined. In view of the nuclear negotiations and deal, we could move towards conducting international partnership for the implementation of the project, he continued.

Jahangiri pointed to Irans readiness with regard to transfer of the planes technology reiterating we are prepared to negotiate with foreign companies interested in selling aircraft to Iran; we are capable of managing the research and development aspect of the designed plane. So far, talks have been conducted with two European and North American countries, maintained the official voicing hope that the negotiations will lead to airplane purchase.

He further said the talked have revolved around the feasibility of the project, technology transfer, bilateral communication as well as exchange of capabilities. We need to undertake an appropriate share of the production of the civil aircraft bringing into the country an acceptable portion of the design and construction, concluded Jahangiri.




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