Iran Aviation Industries Organization (IAIO)

Also Known As: 

Iranian Aviation Industries Organization
Sazmane Sanaye Havai
Armed Forces Aviation Industries Organization

Weapon Program: 

  • Military


- Ave. Sepahbod Gharani P.O. Box 15815/1775 Tehran, Iran
- Karaj Special Road, Mehrabad Airport, Tehran, Iran; Address: Sepahbod Gharani 36, Tehran, Iran
- 3th km Karaj Special Road, Aviation Industries Boulevard, Tehran, Iran

An organization responsible for planning and managing Iran's military aviation industry; a subsidiary of the Iranian Ministry of Defense and Armed Forces Logistics (MODAFL).

Involved in developing light aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), including long-range UAVs; involved in the development of hovercraft technology; activities have included aircraft repair and manufacturing; has produced helicopters for export; has overseen a research center for aviation technology products.

Received certifications for the Shahed helicopter and the Iran-140 passenger plane from the Iranian Civil Aviation Organization; other IAIO-manufactured aircraft reportedly include the Hemase reconnaissance UAV, the Kosar fighter and training jet, the Qaher 313 stealth fighter jet, and the Yasin training jet.

Subsidiaries have included:

Has used IACI, IAMI, and PANHA for procurement; has cooperated with Semnan University in research and training; has reportedly signed an agreement with Kowsar Credit Institution.

In 2020, reportedly signed a cooperation agreement with the Iranian Air Force to increase the production of aircraft engines, including the Owj engine, and other products; has reportedly manufactured advanced fighter jets in cooperation with the Iranian Air Force.

In 2019, reportedly manufactured four Shahed-278 and Shahed-285 military helicopters for the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Ground Forces; in 2018, reportedly participated in the Eurasia Airshow in Turkey alongside the Armed Forces Geographical Organization, the Defense Industries Organization (DIO), and Iran Electronics Industries (IEI); starting in 2016 or earlier, acquired aluminum alloy products from Asre Sanat Eshragh Company; in 2015, held meetings in Tehran with the company Russian Helicopters, part of Rostec Corporation, to discuss the delivery and maintenance of Russian-manufactured helicopters.

At least two members of the board of directors are required to be from the regular army (Artesh) and the IRGC.

Established in 1966.


Listed by the European Union on July 26, 2010, as an entity linked to Iran's proliferation-sensitive nuclear activities or Iran's development of nuclear weapon delivery systems; with some exceptions, E.U. member states must freeze assets owned or controlled by the entity, directly or indirectly, and prevent assets from being made available to it.

Added on December 12, 2013, 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 and their delivery systems; designated by the U.S. Department of State on January 15, 2021, pursuant to Executive Order 13949, which targets transfers to and from Iran of conventional arms and related materiel; foreign parties facilitating transactions for the entity or otherwise assisting the entity are subject to U.S. sanctions; also subject to the Iranian Financial Sanctions Regulations; foreign financial institutions facilitating transactions for the entity may be prohibited from opening or maintaining correspondent or payable-through accounts in the United States.

Sanctioned by the governments of Australia, Canada, Norway, South Korea, and Switzerland, restricting business and financial transactions with the entity and/or freezing its assets in those countries.

Listed by the Japanese government in 2020 as an entity of concern for proliferation relating to missiles and nuclear weapons; listed by the British government in 2012 as an entity of potential concern for WMD-related procurement, but removed in 2017 after the U.K. withdrew its Iran list.

Date Entered: 

April 13, 2013

Date Last Modified: 

April 22, 2021