An Iranian company on Thursday displayed four brand new U.S.-made helicopters it purchased through third parties, offering them as proof that the country could evade international sanctions over its disputed nuclear program.
The display of the R-44 helicopters came during an air exhibition in Kish Island, in the Persian Gulf.
The four-person helicopters are manufactured by the California-based Robinson Helicopter Company.
Mahmoud Azin, the head of Iran’s Helicopters Company, told the Tasnim news website that the helicopters were purchased at a marked-up price through “dealers” and can be used for both training and police air patrols. His company, which has some 25 helicopters, mainly serves Iranian oil sites.
Azin said the purchase showed that Iran could bypass U.S. and international sanctions. He said the international price of the four helicopters is about $2 million. Read More: http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/iran-firm-displays-us-made-helicopters-27046385