Featured Iranian Entities

This page contains profiles of Iranian entities researched and written by the Wisconsin Project. These entities - persons, companies, institutes, government agencies - are thought to be contributing to Iran's nuclear, chemical, or biological weapon capabilities or to its missiles or advanced conventional weapon programs. Many of the entities have been explicitly identified by governments as contributing to these programs.

The entities on this page are those the Wisconsin Project has chosen to feature.  For a full list of entities on Iran Watch, see the "Alphabetical List of Iranian Entities."

The Wisconsin Project believes this information to be reliable; however, the Wisconsin Project does not guarantee full accuracy or completeness. The Wisconsin Project invites comment on this information that could aid in presenting a full and accurate picture of the entity described.

Missile, Military
Leading industrial and military subsidiary of Iran's Ministry of Defense and Armed Forces Logistics (MODAFL); oversees Iran's missile production. Reportedly responsible for developing the surface-to-surface Sejjil missile, a two-stage solid-propellant ballistic missile; reportedly produces Ra'ad maritime cruise missiles, and Raad-T anti-tank guided weapons; reportedly developed an upgraded version of the Fadjr-5 unguided surface-to-surface artillery rocket system; manufactures Noor and Kosar anti-ship missiles, Toophan and Tosan 1 anti-tank missiles, Sayyad 1, Mishag 1 (a.k.a. Mishagh 1),...
Military
Commander of the Qods force, the special operations division of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), added to the Specially Designated National (SDN) list maintained by the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) on October 25, 2007, freezing his assets under U.S. jurisdiction and prohibiting transactions with U.S. parties, pursuant to Executive Order 13382, which targets proliferators of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and their delivery systems; identified as a "key person" of the IRGC in an annex to U.N. Security Council resolution 1747 of March...
Missile, Military
Deputy of Iran's Ministry of Defense for Armed Forces Logistics (MODAFL). Added to the Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) listed maintained by the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) on January 17, 2016, freezing his assets under U.S. jurisdiction and prohibiting transactions with U.S. parties, pursuant to Executive Order 13382, which targets proliferators of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and their delivery systems. Listed by the European Union on June 24, 2008 as a person linked to Iran's proliferation-sensitive nuclear activities or Iran's...
Nuclear
An industrial control and automation company that carries out projects in the oil, gas, petrochemical, mining, steel, power generation, and manufacturing sectors; reportedly targeted by the Stuxnet computer worm on July 7, 2009, as a means of spreading Stuxnet to the Natanz uranium enrichment facility; has installed the Siemens SIMATIC PCS 7 Process Control System, which includes Siemens S7-400 PLCs (programmable logic controllers), Siemens Step 7 engineering software, Siemens SIMATIC WinCC software, and Profibus communications modules, reportedly the same systems targeted by Stuxnet at...
Nuclear, Missile, Chemical, Biological, Military
Controlled by Iran's Ministry of Defense Armed Forces Logistics (MODAFL); according to the U.S. Department of State, has engaged in activities that have materially contributed to the development of Iran's nuclear and missile programs. Listed by the British government in 2009 as an entity of potential concern for WMD-related procurement; listed by the Japanese government in 2009 as an entity of concern for proliferation related to biological, chemical and nuclear weapons and missiles; listed in an annex to U.N. Security Council resolution 1737 of December 23, 2006, as an entity involved in...
Missile, Military
Provides financial and material support to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), according to the U.S. Department of the Treasury; has designed components for Iran’s missile systems; in 2011, received U.S.-origin synthesizers and analog devices from a Malaysia-based company.
Nuclear, Missile, Chemical, Biological
Added on November 8, 2012 to the Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) list maintained by the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), freezing its assets under U.S. jurisdiction and prohibiting transactions with U.S. parties, pursuant to Executive Order 13382, which targets proliferators of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and their delivery systems; designated for being owned or controlled by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC); listed by the Japanese government in 2012 as an entity of concern for proliferation relating to missiles and biological,...
Military
Has transported personnel, weapons, and goods on behalf of Lebanese Hizballah; provided assistance to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force, including transporting IRGC-QF personnel to and from Iran and Syria for military training; received aid in the acquisition of aircraft from Ukrainian-Mediterranean Airlines (UM Air), Bukovyna Airlines, and Sirjanco Trading LLC. Added on October 12, 2011 to the Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) list maintained by the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), freezing its assets under U.S. jurisdiction and...
Missile
Since 2011, has procured ballistic missile-applicable technology and metals for Shahid Hemat Industrial Group (SHIG). Added on May 17, 2017 to the Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) list maintained by the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), freezing its assets under U.S. jurisdiction and prohibiting transactions with U.S. parties, pursuant to Executive Order 13382 which targets proliferators of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and their delivery systems; foreign parties facilitating transactions for the entity or otherwise assisting the entity are...
Missile
Deputy Director for Commerce for the Defense Industries Organization (DIO). Added on May 17, 2017 to the Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) list maintained by the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), freezing his assets under U.S. jurisdiction and prohibiting transactions with U.S. parties, pursuant to Executive Order 13382 which targets proliferators of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and their delivery systems; foreign parties facilitating transactions for the entity or otherwise assisting the entity are subject to U.S. sanctions.
Military
An Iranian maritime and shipbuilding company that has provided support to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy (IRGC-Navy). Added on July 18, 2017 to the Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) list maintained by the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), freezing its assets under U.S. jurisdiction and prohibiting transactions with U.S. parties, pursuant to Executive Order 13382 which targets proliferators of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and their delivery systems; foreign parties facilitating transactions for the entity or otherwise assisting the...
Military
Supplies components to the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and aerospace programs of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). Added to the Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) list maintained by the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) on July 18, 2017, freezing its assets under U.S. jurisdiction and prohibiting transactions with U.S. parties, pursuant to Executive Order 13382, which targets proliferators of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and their delivery systems; foreign parties facilitating transactions for the entity or otherwise assisting...
Missile
Director of Shahid Hemmat Industrial Group (SHIG). Added to the Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) list maintained by the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) on January 17, 2016, freezing his assets under U.S. jurisdiction and prohibiting transactions with U.S. parties, pursuant to Executive Order 13382, which targets proliferators of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and their delivery systems. Involved in the development of an 80-ton rocket booster being undertaken jointly by SHIG and the North Korean government; travelled to Pyongyang to negotiate...
Missile
Subordinate entity of the Aerospace Industries Organization (AIO); listed by the Japanese government in 2008 as an entity of concern for proliferation relating to missiles; listed by the British government in 2008 as an entity of potential concern for WMD-related procurement. On July 12, 2007, added to the U.S. "Entity List" of end users whose activities impose "a risk of diverting exported and re-exported items into programs related to weapons of mass destruction," or that have been sanctioned by the U.S. State Department. Listed by the European Union on April 20, 2007, pursuant to U.N....
Missile
A subordinate of Iran's Aerospace Industries Organization responsible for Iran's liquid-fuelled ballistic missile program, including the medium-range Shahab-3 (based on North Korea's No Dong missile); listed in an annex to U.N. Security Council resolution 1737 of December 23, 2006, as an entity involved in Iran's ballistic missile program; with some exceptions, the U.N. designation requires states to freeze financial assets on their territories which are owned or controlled by the entity, by its agents, or by entities it owns or controls; the U.N. designation also requires states to ensure...