Antonov is reported to have signed an agreement which will see assembly of the Antonov An-140 50-seat twin turboprop regional airliner in Iran begin in March 1998. The agreement calls for the Iranians to assemble 12 An-140s a year, for both the civil and military markets, at a site now being built at Isfahan. The agreement to assemble the An-140 is part of an Iranian plan to establish a capable aerospace industry which could later also assemble or manufacture military aircraft. Antonov is now completing final assembly of the first prototype An-140.
Source: Flight International