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.

Nuclear
An Iranian manufacturing company involved in the production of components for Iran's IR-1 centrifuges, and in procurement for Iran's centrifuge program; controlled by the Ammunition and Metallurgy Industries Group (AMIG) and subordinate to the Defense Industries Organization (DIO). Designated by the U.N. Security Council on March 3, 2008, pursuant to resolution 1803 (2008), as an entity involved in Iran’s proliferation sensitive nuclear activities or development of nuclear weapon delivery systems.
Missile, Military
Leading industrial and military subsidiary of Iran's Ministry of Defense and Armed Forces Logistics (MODAFL); oversees Iran's missile production.
Nuclear
Facilitated the purchase of hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of Chinese aluminum products for Iran Centrifuge Technology Company (TESA), which produces centrifuges for Iran's uranium enrichment program.
Military
An Iranian government industrial complex; reportedly manufacturers and exports military goods, including parts for military vehicles. Listed as an entity of concern for proliferation in an early warning document distributed by the German government to industry in 2005.
Nuclear, Missile
Involved in a conspiracy to illegally export U.S.-origin carbon fiber with missile, aerospace, and nuclear applications to Iran.
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
A subsidiary of Iran's Ministry of Defense Armed Forces Logistics (MODAFL) representing a conglomerate of over 300 companies; reportedly responsible for managing Iran’s military industries. Has materially contributed to the development of Iran's nuclear and missile programs, according to the U.S. Department of State; some subordinates have been "involved in Iran's centrifuge program making components," and in Iran's missile program, according to the U.N. Security Council; has played a key role in developing Iran’s centrifuge-manufacturing capabilities; has manufactured composite rotors for...
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.
Military
An Iranian state-owned electronics company that researches and designs control-based technologies for the naval, maritime, aerospace, and defense industries.Researches and develops industrial automation, navigation, and optical guidance systems; has conducted research on the use of drones in the maritime industry, on landscape vision simulation software, and on three-dimensional autopilot guidance systems for submarines.
Nuclear
A gas centrifuge plant for the enrichment of uranium hexafluoride (UF6) developed and managed by the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI).Part of the Amad Plan, a covert Iranian program to develop nuclear weapons, according to the Israeli government; originally designed to contain up to 2,976 gas centrifuges in 16 cascades divided between two units.
Missile, Military
Led a procurement network which facilitated tens of millions of dollars in proliferation-related transactions involving U.S. technology and electronic components for the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and Iran's missile program.
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,...
Nuclear, Missile, Military
An information technology company; affiliated with Iran's Ministry of Defense and Armed Forces Logistics (MODAFL), according to the U.S. Treasury Department; has been a subsidiary of Iran Electronics Industries (IEI), which was identified by the Treasury Department as being owned or controlled by MODAFL.
Nuclear, Missile, Military
A defense firm that provides maintenance and overhaul services for Iran's military helicopters and aircraft; subordinate to the Iranian Aviation Industries Organization, which is overseen by Iran's Ministry of Defense Armed Forces Logistics.
Nuclear, Military
An Iranian defense firm that provides maintenance services for Iran's military helicopters and aircraft; has built, repaired, and reverse-engineered U.S.-model helicopters for Iran's military and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC); directed by the Iranian Aviation Industries Organization (IAIO).
Missile, Military
Iran's national maritime carrier; has transported prohibited military-related cargo and facilitated shipments on behalf of and destined for Iran's Ministry of Defense and Armed Forces Logistics (MODAFL) and MODAFL subordinates.
Nuclear, Missile, Military
Involved in construction projects for Iran's ballistic missile and nuclear programs; listed in an annex to U.N. Security Council Resolution 1929 of June 9, 2010, as an entity of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), with a role "in Iran's proliferation-sensitive nuclear activities and the development of nuclear weapon delivery systems"; with some exceptions, states are required to freeze financial assets on their territories which are owned or controlled by the entity, by its agents, by entities it owns or controls, or by entities determined by the Security Council to have assisted...
Military
An Iranian electronics import and distribution company specializing in engines and motors; suspected of involvement in the diversion of U.S.-origin unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) parts to Iran via China without the required export licenses, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce.
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...
Nuclear
Plays a central role in Iran’s uranium enrichment centrifuge operations, according to the U.S. Department of State.
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
Part of Defense Industries Organization (DIO); has participated in the production of components for Iran's ballistic missile program; reportedly involved in the development of the Ababil drone in coordination with Iran Aircraft Manufacturing Industries (IAMI).
Nuclear
Involved in a conspiracy to illegally export Canadian- and U.S.-origin computer numerical control (CNC) machines with nuclear applications to Iran.

Pages