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Russia Helicopters in talks with Iran over sales of 60 choppers

Iran Press TV

Tue Aug 23, 2016 10:9PM

One of Russia's biggest aviation companies says it has entered talks with Iran over the sales of 60 light multirole helicopters.

"Russian Helicopters is in talks to supply Ansat and Ka-226T light helicopters in the interest of the Ministry of Health and Medical Education of Iran," said Russian Helicopters Deputy CEO Alexander Shcherbinin on Tuesday.

Shcherbinin noted that the choppers were specially designed for air medical services and that talks were also underway for supplying assembly services and supplies.

"According to our estimates, Iran's need for light Russian helicopters is in the order of 60 vehicles," he said, adding that there are currently over 50 Russian-made helicopters -- most of them Mi-17s -- registered in Iran.

In June, the company voiced hopes to sell helicopters to Iran as the economic and financial sanctions against the Islamic Republic were being lifted.

"Russian Helicopters possesses the production capacity needed to meet Iran's needs for modern helicopters in the shortest possible time," said Shcherbinin at the time.

On January 16, Iran and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council – the United States, Britain, France, China and Russia – plus Germany started implementing the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action that they had clinched on July 14, 2015. Under the nuclear agreement, Iran agreed to limit its nuclear program in return for the termination of all nuclear-related sanctions against the Islamic Republic.

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