TEHRAN (FNA)- 2012-02-25
China's official news agency, Xinhua, in a report on Saturday confirmed Iranian officials' announcement that Tehran possesses the technological know-how to manufacture turbofan engines.
Turbofan is a type of jet engine widely used for aircraft propulsion.
Iran has taken "major steps" towards designing large Turbofan engines, Xinhua reported.
The report came after the Armed Forces' Deputy Head of Iran's Aviation Industries Organization (IAIO) Brigadier General Abdolkarim Banitarafi said that Iran enjoys the know-how to design and build small turbofan engines used in various types of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV).
"Today, we are building turbofan engines for a variety of UAVs," Banitarafi told press tv on Friday.
Banitarafi said the construction of turbofan engines is a significant step in the direction of building indigenous drones, adding that Iran has also taken "major strides" towards designing large turbofan engines.