0855 GMT May 22, 2018
"Sukhoi Civil Aircraft will continue to work with Iranian airlines under the preliminary agreements signed at the Eurasia Air Show in April 2018. According to the agreements, the parties are studying in detail the possibility of supplying an updated version of the aircraft — SSJ100R, which is implemented under the program of import substitution of the SSJ100 components," the company's press service reported, according to Sputnik.
Sukhoi Civil Aircraft President Alexander Rubtsov said that the SSJ100R modification will be built without US-made components to avoid contract obstacles posed by potential US sanctions.
The Russian company has recently signed memorandums of understanding on deliveries of 40 Sukhoi SSJ100R passenger planes to two Iranian airlines until 2022.
Despite the US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, which will probably lead to the loss of upwards of $40 billion in contracts for Boeing and Airbus, Russian airplane manufacturers have a historic opportunity to gain a new foreign market for its latest designs.
Besides announcing the withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal earlier this week, US President Donald Trump promised to reinstate the sanctions against Iran, which were lifted as part of the agreement.