Iranian defence minister, Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi, has said that his ministry is ready to mass-produce the home-made Iran-140 passenger and cargo plane, Fars news agency has reported. The Iran-140 is a double-engine turboprop aircraft which can fly almost 1,865 miles before re-fuelling and seats 52 people. The first Iran-140 aircraft was introduced by Iran in 2003. Five domestically-manufactured Iran-140 planes were completed in October 2008 to increase the country’s transportation capacity and upgrade the Iranian air force.