In May 1970 the design of this type was started by a team led by Dipl.-Eng. Radu Manicatide at the IMFCA (Institutul de Mecanica Fluidelor si Cercetari Aerospatiale, Institute of Fluid Mechanics and Aerospace Research).
In the Autumn of 1971 construction of the first prototype
was started at ICA (Intreprinderea de Constructii Aeronautice,
Aeronautical Construction Enterprise) at Brasov. Design and
construction was under the control of the state organization CIAR
(Centrala Industriala Aeronautica Romana, Industrial Center for
The prototype of the ICA Brasov IAR 823 flew for
the first time in July 1973. The Fortele Aeriene ale Romaniei
(Romanian Air Force) ordered 36 and a considerable number were ordered
by the Aeroclubului Romaniei (Romanian Aeroclub). This particular
aircraft was first flown in 1976.
In 1991 the organization of the Romanian aviation industry was changed
and the company became known as S.C. IAR S.A. Brasov. At the moment 43
IAR 823s are registered in the USA, as the Type Certificate passed
from ICA to IAR, these 43 aircraft are registered by the new company
name, although production ended already in 1984 after 80 aircraft had