A SCAC/Alenia Aermacchi Sukhoi Superjet 100 (RA-97004) flying off the coast of Italy near Sanremo.

A SCAC/Alenia Aermacchi Sukhoi Superjet 100 (RA-97004) flying off the coast of Italy near Sanremo.

iran buys russian aircraft

According to reports, Iran has signed contracts worth $21 billion to buy satellite equipment and aircraft from Russia, Manouchehr Manteghi, the managing director of Iran Aviation Industries Organization, said in an interview with Russian agency Sputnik on Saturday.

Manteghi said the contracts had been signed at the MAKS-2015 air show in Russia last month, reports Reuters.

The contracts involved satellite-related equipment as well as the Sukhoi Superjet 100 regional passenger aircraft, Sputnik said.

“There is a large share of contracts for the purchase of this type of aircraft,” Sputnik cited Iran’s Secretary of Technology Development and Knowledge-based Aviation and Aeronautical Industries Headquarters, Manouchehr Manteghi. The Iranian official did not elaborate on the exact number of passenger jets to be delivered.

Russia and Iran have been working to boost economic ties since Tehran signed a deal with six world powers in July, which offers Iran relief from sanctions in exchange for curbing its nuclear program.