The Sukhoi passenger SSJ-100 plane prepares to take off. (Shutterstock)

September 8, 2021

Iranian and Russian civil aviation agencies have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for delivery of “Russian civil aviation equipment” on September 6.

A report by Aerotime does not specify what kind of equipment the MOU foresees to be delivered by Russia, but in the past Iran has been interested to buy Sukhoi Superjet airliners from Russia. So far, Russia has been unable to sell any of the jetliners to Iran because US sanctions prohibit transfer of equipment with more than 10 percent US-made parts to Iran.

With nuclear negotiations underway between Iran and world powers US sanctions might be lifted and Russia can sell Superjets to Iran in what a Moscow official has called “a lucrative deal.”

The plane has had a checkered history in decade since it was introduced as Russia’s best hope to compete with Boeing and Airbus. Technical problems and crashes have plagued the jetliner and sales have been dismal, with some countries airlines cancelling orders.

In 2016, after international sanctions were lifted, Iran approached Boeing and Airbus to purchase dozens of planes to replenish its aging fleet, hit by sanctions since the 1979 revolution. But a decision by former US president Donald Trump to pull out of the 2015 nuclear agreement and reimpose sanctions derailed any aircraft deal.

Iran International

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