Speaking with Mehr News Agency, the President of Iran’s Aerospace Industries Iraj Ebrahimi said "The new project which is being considered is manufacturing a 150-seat airliner which will be designed by Amir Kabir University and built by Hesa (Iran Aircraft Manufacturing Company). Private sector companies will also contribute the parts.”
He also provided comments on the manufacturing of Antonov An-140 (in Iran called "Iran-140”) and said "The aircraft is a 50-seat one and built bilaterally by Iran and Ukraine. It is currently built in Hesa. Currently the entire Iran-140 is manufacturable inside Iran and Hesa may have this plan to move the entire production line into the country.”
ThePresident of Iran’s Aerospace Industries pointed out that Iran is able to produce all the aircraft’s parts and said "Private companies manufacture many of the internal and external parts of the aircraft which include the interior textiles that enjoy fireproof standards. Also the foam worked in the seats and between the body layers, which has application in making missiles as well, is made in Iran.”
Pointing out that there is ample ability in the country to manufacture aircrafts, Ebrahimi stated "The building of the entire aircraft needs capacious nests of which there are in the Aviation Organization, but the manufacturing of parts can be done across the country which is currently the case.”
He maintained that Iran has the know-how to build aircrafts and said "Right now we have no problem designing the aircraft, the testing system, calibration, wind tunnel, and other technological sections. These are all done in private companies.”
"The Aviation Organization launched the design and production office 18 years ago. So there we have had much development and the only thing we need is some macro management to unify these abilities,” he asserted.