Iran develops first passenger aircraft manufacturing factory: Civil aviation chief

Iran Air A321. [Photo: Wikimedia Commons]

Iran’s head of Civil Aviation Organization, Mohammad Mohammadi-Bakhsh, has announced the completion of Iran’s inaugural passenger aircraft manufacturing facility. This significant development was disclosed during a press conference held in Tehran at the International Exhibition of Transportation, Logistics, and Related Industries.

Mohammadi-Bakhsh proudly stated that the Islamic Republic now possesses a factory dedicated to the production of passenger planes, with the manufacturing process already underway for the country’s first passenger aircraft, named Simorgh.

Key ministries, including the Roads and Urban Development Ministry, Defense Ministry, and Ministry of Industry, Mine, and Trade, have collaborated on this groundbreaking project. The involvement of these ministries highlights the comprehensive approach Iran has taken to establish itself as a player in the passenger aircraft manufacturing sector.

It’s noteworthy that the Iran Aircraft Manufacturing Industrial Company (HESA) has been actively involved in developing fighter planes since the late 1990s, contributing to the country’s military aviation capabilities with aircraft like Azarakhsh (Lightning) and Saeqeh (Thunderbolt). The nation’s Air Force received three advanced fighter jets named Kowsar in 2020, showcasing Iran’s commitment to modernizing its air fleet.

Furthermore, Iran has demonstrated its prowess in unmanned aircraft manufacturing, with a strong emphasis on the demand for its sophisticated drones. The chief of staff of the Iranian Armed Forces has acknowledged that the demand for Iran’s drones exceeds the country’s current production capacity. In a continuation of its unmanned aircraft endeavors, the Defense Ministry announced plans to unveil the unmanned version of the domestically-developed Qaher-313 (Conqueror-313) stealth fighter aircraft within the coming months.

This multifaceted approach, combining passenger aircraft manufacturing with advancements in military and unmanned aviation, underscores Iran’s commitment to technological self-sufficiency and innovation in the aerospace industry.

Click to comment
To Top