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ANALYSIS: How Iran's aerospace dream began and ended with the licence-built IrAn-140

When the sole airworthy HESA IrAn-140 turboprop crashed on take-off from Tehran in August, Iran’s hopes of becoming an aerospace-manufacturing nation appeared to crash with it. The decade and a half following Antonov’s decision to licence production of its An-140 to Iran has seen no more than a dozen IrAn-140s roll off the assembly line, no fewer than four accidents involving the type and a regulatory ban on all flight operations by the aircraft.

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