TEHRAN (Fars News Agency)- Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi announced on Saturday that his ministry is ready to mass-produce the home-made IRAN-140 passenger and cargo plane.
"Once the Roads and Transportation Ministry makes the decision for purchasing such airplanes from the Defense Ministry, the Ministry is fully prepared to manufacture them," Vahidi told FNA.
He further pointed out that his ministry has already manufactured seven IRAN-140 planes and would soon finish production of the eight and nine planes.
Antonov An-140 - the Ukranian aircraft on which the IrAn-140 is based.
The Defense Ministry is ready to mass-produce the airplane on demand, Vahidi said, reminding that the aircraft which can be used as a 52-seater passenger plane is also good for cargo transportation and marine patrolling.
The IRAN-140 is a double-engine turboprop aircraft which can fly almost 1,865 miles before re-fuelling and seats 52 people.
The head of Iran's Aerospatiale Industries Organization (AIO), Majid Hedayat, said in 2008 that the aircraft would be equipped with the needed technology for undertaking marine patrol missions.
The first IRAN-140 aircraft was introduced by Iran in 2003. Five domestically-manufactured IRAN-140 planes were completed in October 2008 to increase the country's transportation capacity and upgrade the Iranian air force.
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