Iran Helicopter Support and Renewal Industries (PANHA)

Also Known As: 

  • Iran Helicopter Support and Renewal Company
  • Sherkat-e Poshtibani va Nowsazi-ye Helikopter-e Iran

Weapon Program: 

  • Nuclear
  • Military


  • Meherabad Airport Road, Azadi Square, Tehran, Iran
  • Foroudgah Street, Me'raj Street, Azadi Square, Tehran, Iran
  • P.O. Box 13185-1688, Tehran, Iran


(021) 6003031-9


(021) 953030


Entity Web Site:

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).

Added on January 12, 2018 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 subject to U.S. sanctions.

Listed by the British government in 2011 as an entity of potential concern for WMD-related procurement, but removed in 2017 after the U.K. withdrew its Iran list; listed by the Japanese government in 2011 as an entity of concern for proliferation relating to nuclear weapons, but removed from the end user list in 2015.

Provides laboratory services for chemical and oil analysis, metallurgy, metrology, and thermometry; established a helicopter training academy and offers aviation training; provides air services for emergency centers and seismography operations; cooperates with oil companies in the Persian Gulf region.

Signed a contract in 2015 with Russian Helicopters, which is part of Rostec Corporation, to upgrade the maintenance facilities for Russian Mi-17 helicopters; signed a contract with Russian Helicopters in November 2016 to repair Russian aircraft in Iran; signed a memorandum of understanding with Russian Helicopters in 2017 to cooperate on the assembly of light helicopters in Iran.

In 2001, began manufacturing and selling Shahed 278 series helicopters based on the Bell 206 Jet Ranger, as well as a militarized version of the series, Shahed 285; unveiled the Homa helicopter in 2015 and the Saba-248 helicopter in March 2017, both of which have military applications.

Intended recipient of thin walled aluminum alloy tubing OD (100 - 125mm), the procurement of which was denied on November 12, 2003, by a member state of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG).

Composed of four departments: the Repair and Maintenance Center (NMP), the Main Fleet Repair Center (HDMC), the Logistics and Support Center (NICP), and the Research Fabrication Engineering Center (RFEC).

Company officials include General Mohammad Ahmadabadi (managing director).

Established in 1969.

Mentioned Suspect Entities & Suppliers: 

Date Entered: 

January 26, 2004

Date Last Modified: 

May 3, 2018