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PANHA Surena (Sorena)

Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) [ 2025 ]

The Surena Light Utility Helicopter has been in slow development since 2014 with few takers on the global stage found to date.

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The IHSRC (IRAN Helicopter Support and Renweal Company) SORENA / SURENA faces an uphill climb by sanctions-stricken Iranian aero-industry. The type is of Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) design and first appeared in 2014. Since then, development appears to have slowed considerably. At Army-2022 in Russia, the SORENA II variant was showcased as a sub-scale model (under glass) indicating the project may still have some life yet.

The aircraft would enter a potentially lucrative LUH market dominated by usual industry players from the United States and Europe (and more recently China). Where the SORENA may hold an advantage is in customers typically locked out of purchasing Western rotorcraft for various reasons (chief among these being technology accessibility and procurement costs). In any case, the market introduction of this system would continue to broaden a growing military-industrial base seen by the nation of Iran where the country is making notable inroads in the aircraft (including drones), small arms, naval vessel, and armored vehicle markets.

As presented, this light helicopter is given a traditional design arrangement with seating for four at front, powerplant at rear, and a thin tail stem housing the drive shaft to the tail rotor unit. Vision out-of-the-cockpit is excellent with a heavily windowed forward section for both pilot positions. The main rotor consists of a two-bladed system and the tail rotor follows suit with its facing set to port side. Horizontal planes are featured at the tail stem's midway point and vertical surfaces are present at the extreme end of the empennage. The undercarriage is of a simple four-point twin-skid assembly reducing costs and complexity of the helicopter as a whole. Access to the cockpit and passenger cabin is accomplished by way of hinged, automobile-style doors. A pair of occupants sit side-by-side aft of the instrument panel with additional side-by-side seating in the cabin.©MilitaryFactory.com
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Program in Progress.


Iran Helicopter Support and Renewal Company (IHSRC) / PANHA - Iran
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(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)
Close-Air Support (CAS)
Developed to operate in close proximity to active ground elements by way of a broad array of air-to-ground ordnance and munitions options.
Special-Mission: MEDical EVACuation (MEDEVAC)
Extraction of wounded combat or civilian elements by way of specialized onboard equipment and available internal volume or external carrying capability.
Special-Mission: Search & Rescue (SAR)
Ability to locate and extract personnel from areas of potential harm or peril (i.e. downed airmen in the sea).
Maritime / Navy
Land-based or shipborne capability for operating over-water in various maritime-related roles while supported by allied naval surface elements.
VIP Service
Used in the Very-Important-Person (VIP) passenger transport role, typically with above-average amenities and luxuries as standard.
Intelligence-Surveillance-Reconnaissance (ISR), Scout
Surveil ground targets / target areas to assess environmental threat levels, enemy strength, or enemy movement.
X-Plane (Developmental, Prototype, Technology Demonstrator)
Aircraft developed for the role of prototyping, technology demonstration, or research / data collection.

Ability to operate over ocean in addition to surviving the special rigors of the maritime environment.
Features partially- or wholly-enclosed crew workspaces.

Empty Wgt
2,205 lb
(1,000 kg)
2,524 lb
(1,145 kg)
Wgt Diff
+320 lb
(+145 kg)
(Showcased structural values pertain to the PANHA Surena / Sorena production variant)
Installed: 1 x Turboshaft engine driving two-bladed main rotor and two-bladed tail rotor (facing port side).
Max Speed
149 mph
(240 kph | 130 kts)
Cruise Speed
96 mph
(155 kph | 84 kts)
Max. Speed Diff
+53 mph
(+85 kph | 46 kts)
14,108 ft
(4,300 m | 3 mi)
345 mi
(555 km | 1,028 nm)
540 ft/min
(165 m/min)

♦ MACH Regime (Sonic)
RANGES (MPH) Subsonic: <614mph | Transonic: 614-921 | Supersonic: 921-3836 | Hypersonic: 3836-7673 | Hi-Hypersonic: 7673-19180 | Reentry: >19030

(Showcased performance specifications pertain to the PANHA Surena / Sorena production variant. Performance specifications showcased above are subject to environmental factors as well as aircraft configuration. Estimates are made when Real Data not available. Compare this aircraft entry against any other in our database or View aircraft by powerplant type)

Supported Types

(Not all ordnance types may be represented in the showcase above)
Surena - Base Series Name.
Sorena - Alternative name.
Sorena II - Modernized variant debuted in scale-model form at Army-2022 in Russia.

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