Friday, September 4, 2009

Iran to assemble Ukrainian light multi-purpose helicopters


Iran will assemble AK 1-3 light multi-purpose helicopters developed by Poltava-based Aerocopter Design Bureau, an Iranian official has said. Iranian media quoted Secretary of Iran's Air and Space Industries Union (ASIU) Seyed Javad Ebnoreza as saying that a respective agreement on the transfer of helicopter production technology to Iran had been signed with the Ukrainian company late in August at the MAKS 2009 International Aerospace Show in Zhukovsky, near Moscow.

The Iranian official said that the ASIU had been seeking technologies for light helicopter production on the foreign markets for the last three years and that these searches had ended fruitfully. Iranian media reported that Ebnoreza was satisfied that "despite sanctions imposed against the Islamic Republic in the sphere of aircraft building, 84 foreign companies are ready to develop cooperation with the ASIU."

The AK 1-3 light two-seater one-engined multi-purpose helicopter has a maximum takeoff weight of 650 kilograms.The weight of the empty helicopter is 380 kg that allows to transport it on a small trailer for the car. Simultaneously the trailer is a mobile landing strip for the helicopter.The cost of the helicopter, according to the Poltava manufacturer, is estimated at $150,000. Ukraine assembled ten helicopters in 2008. It is planned to assemble 20 aircraft in 2009.

Helicopter Aerokopter AK1-3 can be used for a range of practical purposes:

- monitoring facilities and territories;
- search missions;
- geological exploration, aerial photography;
- pilot technique learning and air crew training;
- aerial chemical work;
- business and pleasure flights;
- participating in aerial sports competitions.

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