Iran's first domestic plane to be manufactured in three years' time
The Head of Iran's Civil Aviation Organization says Iran's first domestically-manufactured aircraft may be produced in three years.
The Head of Iran's Civil Aviation Organization (CAOI), Mohammad Mohammadi Bakhsh, said on Monday that Iran's first domestically-manufactured passenger plane may become part of the country's air fleet within the next 36 months.
Mohammadi Bakhsh noted that the Iranian government under President Ebrahim Raisi has asked the three ministries of roads, industry, and defense, to work together in order to design and manufacture the aircraft.
The necessary budget, the CAOI head noted, has already been allocated for the project. Iran's Ministry of Industry will coordinate the efforts of knowledge-based companies on the project, while the Defense Ministry will be in charge of production.
Iran needs "as many as 550 airplanes," he said, adding that these "have to become available either through domestic production, importing new airplanes or buying used airplanes."