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Iran's indigenously-made Homa helicopter performs first flight test, now in final test stage

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Aviation defence equipment technology - Iran HOMA helicopter
 
 
Iran's indigenously-made Homa helicopter performs first flight test, now in final test stage
 
General Mohammad Ali Ahmadabadi, Managing Director of Iran's Helicopter Renovation and Logistics Company (PANHA) said yesterday the final tests were carried out on the semi-heavy “Homa” helicopter, IRNA news agency reported on February 16. "The helicopter has been built as a result of the efforts of PANHA company and is a 14-seater chopper," Ahmadabadi told reporters in Tehran on Monday.
     
General Mohammad Ali Ahmadabadi, Managing Director of Iran's Helicopter Renovation and Logistics Company (PANHA) said yesterday the final tests were carried out on the semi-heavy “Homa” helicopter, IRNA news agency reported on February 16. "The helicopter has been built as a result of the efforts of PANHA company and is a 14-seater chopper," Ahmadabadi told reporters in Tehran on Monday.
A possible design of the Iran-made Homa semi-heavy helicopter
     
Homa, which is the third Iran-made helicopter, can be armed with various weapon systems and get equipped with a radar-evading capability. The chopper has been manufactured considering Iran's conditions and can fly in mountainous areas and on the sea.

"Homa has had its test flight and is now in the final test stage," Ahmadabadi added.

Ahmadabadi had announced in January that the PANHA experts would build another fully home-made helicopter in the coming months.

"The production of Iran's home-made helicopter will be 100 percent complete by the end of September 2015," Ahmadabadi said in January.

On November 18, Iran also unveiled a new home-made helicopter named 'Sorena' in the 7th International Air and Aviation Industries exhibition underway on Kish Island in the Persian Gulf.

The helicopter was unveiled in a ceremony in the presence of Iranian Vice-President for Science and Technology Soerna Sattari and Managing-Director of the Iranian Aviation Industries Organization (IAIO) Manouchehr Manteqi.

"Sorena is a 4-seater helicopter with 300 HP power," General Ahmadabadi told FNA at the time.