Iran kicks off manufacturing indigenous passenger airplanes
Iranian experts have completed the feasibility studies of Iran's national plan to build 150-passenger airplanes and the project has entered the designing and manufacturing phase, an Iranian official says.
In accordance with Iran's 20-year Outlook, by 2021, the country needs 600 passenger airplanes out of which 270 aircraft should have the capacity for 100 to 150 passengers, President of Tehran’s Amir Kabir University of Technology Alireza Rahaei said in a Sunday interview with IRNA.
The experts at Amir Kabir University, Iran University of Science and Technology as well as Fars Science and Technology Park take part in the mega-project for manufacturing the 150-passenger aircraft, Rahaei added.
The project kicked off in early 2011, passing different phases, including need analysis, mission analysis and feasibility studies, and the results of the studies are now being implemented, the official said.
According to Rahaei, Iranian students have presented over 220 theses on passenger airplanes at the Aviation Faculty of Amir Kabir University over the past decade.
Meanwhile, the Iranian Defense Ministry has also been manufacturing a licensed version of the Antonov-148 since 2009.