Iran to buy 18 Antonov planes, manufacture 60

June 27 – A senior Ukrainian aviation official said Iran has signed a deal with Ukraine to purchase 18 Antonov 148 mid-range passenger jets and later produce 60 licensed versions of it, the Interfax news agency reported.

Dmitro Kiva, chairman of the Kiev-headquartered Antonov aerospace factory, said Iran ‘will fully participate’ in the subsequent production of the aircraft.

The An-148 is a twin-engine high-wing passenger plane designed for operation at rough airfields.

Ukraine developed the aircraft during the 1990s and certified the single flying prototype in February 2007/-.

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