Russia mulls deal with Iran to export helicopters

October 3rd, 2008 - 8:35 pm ICT by IANS  

Moscow, Oct 3 (RIA Novosti) Kamov, one of Russia’s largest helicopter producers, Friday said it was in talks with Iranian officials for a deal to export Ka-226T utility helicopters to the Islamic country.The agreement with Iran is expected to be signed by the end of this year, Roman Chernyshev, director of Kamov, said, adding that the agreement would be for “supplying civil rather than military helicopters”.

Chernyshev also said that other Russian aircraft makers had already signed similar deals with Iran, in particular, for the delivery of more than 100 Tu-204 medium-haul passenger aircraft.

He said Kamov had received a 2.5-billion ruble ($100 million) loan from Vnesheconombank, or the Bank for Development and Foreign Economic Affairs of Russia, to produce the Ka-226T utility helicopters.

The Ka-226T can carry either eight people or 1.5 tonnes of cargo and has a variety of modifications - passenger, freight, search and rescue, and patrol.

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