Romania once had a thriving aircraft building industry, with state-owned firm IAR specialising in helicopter production – mostly licence-built examples of the Aérospatiale Alouette III and Puma. But those days are long gone. Although rotorcraft still represent the bulk of activities carried out at IAR’s Brasov facility, it is entirely upgrade or maintenance work these days, either performed by IAR itself or Airbus Helicopters Romania, a joint venture in which the Romanian firm holds a 49% stake.
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