Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Aerospace Force Self-Sufficiency Jihad Organization

Also Known As: 

Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Aerospace Force Research And Self Sufficiency Jehad Organization
Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Aerospace Force Self-Sufficiency Jehad Organization
IRGC Aerospace Force Self Sufficiency Jihad Organization (ASF SSJO)
Self-Sufficiency Jihad Department of the IRGC Aerospace Force
IRGC Aerospace Force's Self-Sufficiency Unit

Weapon Program: 

  • Missile
  • Military



Involved in Iran's ballistic missile research and flight test launches; part of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Aerospace Force.

According to Iranian state media, developed and produced the Ghadir (Qadir) radar system, which was reportedly used during the February 2017 "Defenders of the Velayat Skies" military drill, an exercise involving several missile systems.

Reportedly reverse-engineered the technology of a US RQ 170 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that crashed in 2011 to develop technology for Iranian UAVs; in the 1980s, reportedly conducted research on combat and surveillance UAVs that led to the development of the Shahed family of Iranian UAVs.

Headed by Abdollah Mehrabi; according to the U.S. Department of the Treasury, has obtained engines for UAVs from Mehrabi and a company that he co-owns, Oje Parvaz Mado Nafar Company (Mado Company).


Listed by the European Union on December 12, 2022, as an entity responsible for actions that undermine or threaten the territorial integrity, sovereignty, and independence of Ukraine; with limited exceptions, EU member states must freeze assets owned or controlled by the entity, directly or indirectly, and prevent assets from being made available to it.

Designated by the U.S. Department of State on July 18, 2017, pursuant to Executive Order 13382; which targets proliferators of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and their delivery systems; 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; also designated pursuant to Executive Order 13224, which targets terrorists and those providing support to terrorists or acts of terrorism; subject to the Iranian Financial Sanctions Regulations; foreign parties facilitating transactions for the entity or otherwise assisting the entity are subject to U.S. sanctions.

Added on January 31, 2023, to the U.S. Department of Commerce's Entity List of end users subject to heightened export license requirements (with a policy of denial) due to involvement in proliferation activities or other activities of national security concern; exports, reexports, or transfers to the entity of certain foreign-produced items also require a license (with a policy of denial).

Listed by the Japanese government in 2022 as an entity of concern for proliferation relating to missiles.

Mentioned Suspect Entities & Suppliers: 

Date Entered: 

August 7, 2017

Date Last Modified: 

February 24, 2023