June 22 2016
Iran wanted a fleet of Sukhoi superjets. They were cheaper, and proven equal to Boeing. But Russian-made jets are banned from landing in Western airports – economic warfare – so Sukhoi lost the deal. That's right: most people don't know it, but aircraft made in Russia are not allowed to land in European and American airports, no matter what their safety record is. This is to ensure a western monopoly on aircraft manufacturing. Just like all airports are required to have Israeli security, so Israel can have a monopoly on terror. By simply banning Russian aircraft, for no reason at all, the entire airline market can be kept firmly in the pockets of America and Europe. That's economic warfare at its finest.
So before you go believing Iran is groveling after Western technology and aircraft, consider that they are not; the reality is that they have no choice but to buy into the regulation imposed Western monopoly.