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Iranian companies have 'cloned' some Western helicopter models but also made their own, more recently. Do they have the domestic capability to make engines for them though, or are these imported, if so from where? (E.g. Shaded drone engines were imported from Europe and then from China.)

N.B. In 2019, Gen. Bagheri said Iran was "on the verge" of making its own engines, but I guess that means they don't/didn't quite make them themselves though.

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Apparently, yes.

Aero Engines Design and Manufacturing Company

An Iran-based company that specializes in building air-breathing engines for airplanes, helicopters, and drones; a subsidiary of the Iran Aviation Industries Organization (IAIO), a state-owned enterprise subordinate to the Iranian Ministry of Defense and Armed Forces Logistics (MODAFL); according to the U.S. Department of the Treasury, a front company that has carried out covert procurement activities for Iran Aircraft Manufacturing Industries (HESA).

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https://www.iranwatch.org/iranian-entities/aero-engines-design-manufacturing-company

An Iran-based company that specializes in building air-breathing engines for airplanes, helicopters, and drones; a subsidiary of the Iran Aviation Industries Organization (IAIO), a state-owned enterprise subordinate to the Iranian Ministry of Defense and Armed Forces Logistics (MODAFL); according to the U.S. Department of the Treasury, a front company that has carried out covert procurement activities for Iran Aircraft Manufacturing Industries (HESA).

Yes, they build some of their own engines, but the question is how reliable they are. They seem to prefer U.S. made models, because they've been used around the world and have proven to be reliable and safe.

They sometimes overhaul U.S. models, but sometimes it seems they also build them from "scratch".

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HESA_Shahed_274

According to Jane's, the helicopter was known with the tentative name 'X-5' in the Institute of Industrial Research and Development of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, where it was developed during the 1990s.[1] The aircraft made its first flight reportedly in 1997, and the first instance was delivered on 16 September 1999 (with the tail number 71-823).[1] The public international debut of Shahed 274 was held on 30 December 2000, in Tehran.[1] By the end of 2001, it is known that two more helicopters with tail number 74-001 and 74-002 were in service.[1] From October to November 2002, the helicopters were put on display at Iran Kish Air Show.[1] By the end of 2004, it was reported that 20 or 30 were planned, but no evidence of were available as of 2006, and status of the project was also unknown.[1]

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