A possible agreement between Iran and Russia is underway concerning Iran’s interest in buying at least two types of military aircraft, specifically the Sukhoi Superjet 100 from Russia, Iranian Vice President Sorena Sattari said on Tuesday.
Sattari's remarks came during an interview with the Moscow-based Kommersant Daily. During his visit to Moscow, Sattari attended the MAKS 2015 international aerospace show and also met with high ranking Russian officials.
"Intensive talks in that sphere are in progress now but they are conducted by our defense ministries, which in fact should make all the comments on them," Sattari said.
"The only thing I can say is we might sign a contract for two types of jets. The talks on the issue are making good progress," he added.
"Talks with the Russian side on the S-300 missiles are proceeding in due course but I didn't discuss the issue with any of the Russian officials at my meetings here."
Cooperation in defense-related technologies with Russia could make the Iranians feel somewhat nostalgic since the two countries’ ties in the defense sphere go back more than 20 years, he added.
Following the end of the Iraq-Iran war, Iran made its first purchase of Russian jets, the MIG-29's and the Su-24's, and obtained the S-200 complexes while quitting their western made aircrafts.
Some time later, Iran started to manufacture its own weaponry, producing their current missiles and missile systems based solely on Iranian technologies.
"The problem is we have a very specific climate. We must ensure that the jets function normally as they gain altitude and then perform the flights in spite of existing complexities," said Dr.Sattari.
"One of our airlines has already tested the SSJ and the result was reassuring," Dr. Sattari added.
"If Russia offers lucrative financial terms to us then I think many of our airlines will be ready to take the jets."
Cooperation in science and technologies
"Russia doesn't have competitors in many areas of space research and it sets the tone there."
"I mean the Russian launch vehicles, among other things. We're ready to launch our satellite into orbit with Russia's assistance and by Russian launch vehicles." Dr Sattari said.
"It's important to do this in the framework of joint projects," he added.
The decision on setting-up a Russian-Iranian high-level commission for cooperation in science and technologies was taken on Wednesday, during a meeting with Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, in an attempt to improve practical collaboration and intensify cooperation in the science and technologies, Sattari told Kommersant Daily.
The commission will include a number of scientists, experts and technical specialists, in addition to officials who will be laying the groundwork for any exchange of experiences and technologies, he said.
Russia lacks competitors in the aerospace dimension due to its impeccable approach to design and manufacturing, and a visit to the MAKS airshow gave an inside scoop on how the Russian mind works, he stated.
"I hope the move will help raise our cooperation with Russia in this sphere to a new level," Sattari concluded.