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Iran in talks to buy 48 Airbus helicopters

Iran in talks to buy 48 Airbus helicopters
ID : N-81 Date : 2017/08/14 - 12:10

(Persia digest)- The Iranian government is in talks with the European aircraft manufacturer Airbus to purchase 45 helicopters, a deputy roads and urban development minister said.

“The Health Ministry is planning to order 45 HEMS [Helicopter Emergency Medical Service] helicopters and the purchase is being negotiated by the Ministry of Roads and Urban Development,” Asghar Fakhrieh-Kashan told Mehr News Agency.

An Airbus Helicopters spokesman told Reuters: "We don't comment on discussions we may or may not be having with potential customers".

Iran has ordered more than 200 planes since international sanctions against the country were lifted last year in return for curbs on the country's nuclear activities.

The Ministry of Roads and Urban Development has previously helped flag carrier Iran Air secure 100 passenger planes from the European aircraft giant, 80 from U.S. rival Boeing (BA.N) and 20 ATR turboprops.

Fakhrieh-Kashan noted that Iran is holding negotiations to merge the helicopter order into the Iran Air-Airbus contract signed in December.

“Ports and Maritime Organization is also planning to hold a tender to purchase three search-and-rescue helicopters,” he added.

On Thursday, U.S. President Donald Trump said he did not believe that Iran was living up to the spirit of the 2015 deal to curtail its nuclear weapons program. But it was not immediately clear whether Washington may take measures that could affect Tehran's plane purchases.

In June, Airbus said two other Iranian airlines had committed to buying 73 planes in a last-minute flurry of deals for the aircraft manufacturer at the Paris Airshow.

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