Iran plans to buy Russian helicopters, fighter engines: Kommersant

December 25, 2007 - 0:0

MOSCOW (AFP) - Moscow and Tehran are in negotiations for the sale of fighter jet engines and helicopters to Iran, the Kommersant daily reported on Monday, citing Russian arms industry officials.

Iran wants to buy RD-33 engines for a fleet of new Iranian fighter jets, as well as an upgraded version of the Ka-32 helicopter that Tehran wants to be assembled in Iran, Kommersant said.
After a meeting between Russian and Iranian officials in Tehran last week, the head of Russia's agency for military cooperation said any arms sold to Iran would be only for ""defensive"" purposes, Kommersant reported.
The military cooperation chief, Mikhail Dmitriev, said that defense ties between the two countries ""reinforces stability in the region.""
Last year, Russia finished supplying Iran with 29 Tor-M1 air defense systems under a 700-million-dollar agreement.