Also Known As:
Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps Air Force
Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps Aerospace Force
Air Force, IRGC (Pasdaran)
Aerospace Force of the Army of the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution (AFAGIR)
Aerospace Division of IRGC
IRGC Aerospace Force
Operates Iran's inventory of ballistic missiles; missiles reportedly include the Shahab 1 and 2 short-range ballistic missiles, the Shahab 3 medium-range ballistic missile, and the Tondar, Fateh, Zelzal and Qiam missiles.
Listed by the European Union on June 24, 2008 as an entity linked to Iran's proliferation-sensitive nuclear activities or Iran's development of nuclear weapon delivery systems; with some exceptions, and within their jurisdiction, European Union member states must freeze all funds and economic resources owned, held or controlled by the listed entity, and must also ensure that funds or economic resources are not made available to or for the benefit of the listed entity; added on June 16, 2010 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 potential U.S. sanctions; sanctioned by the governments of Canada, Norway, Switzerland, and Japan, restricting business and financial transactions with the entity and/or freezing its assets in those countries; listed by the Japanese government in 2013 as an entity of concern for proliferation relating to missiles; listed by the British government in 2012 as an entity of potential concern for WMD-related procurement.
Reportedly founded in 1986 when Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeni ordered the creation of three separate branches of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC); reportedly provides close air support and lift capabilities for the IRGC's rapid reaction units; commanded by Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh.