Malek Ashtar University

Also Known As: 

Malek Ashtar University of Technology (MUT)
Malek-Ashtar Industrial University
Malek Ashtar University of Defence Technology
Daneshgah-e Sana'ti-ye Malek-e Ashtar
Malek Ashtar Aviation University Complex
Malek-e Ashtar Technical University
Malek-e Ashtar University

Weapon Program: 

  • Nuclear
  • Missile
  • Biological


Shahin Shar bei, Isfahan, Iran
End of Ferdowsi avenue, Shahin Shahr Township, Isfahan, Iran
Shahin Shahr Township, End of Ferdowsi Avenue, PO Box 83154/115, Isfahan, Iran
Shahid Baba'i Highway, Lavizan, Tehran, Iran
Adjacent to Mehrabad Airport, Karaj Expressway, Tehran, Iran
Corner of Imam Ali Highway and Babaei Highway, Tehran, Iran







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Subordinate to the Defense Technology and Science Research Center (DTSRC); supports the education and research and development needs of Iran's Ministry of Defense Armed Forces Logistics (MODAFL); reportedly affiliated with the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC); implements special national research projects and educates experts and personnel for Iran's industrial and research centers; a subordinate entity has carried out studies that have applications in the development of nuclear explosives.

Faculty instructs in electrical and avionics engineering, industrial engineering, and material science engineering.

Research institutes include the Research Center for Explosion and Impact (METFAZ).

Chemistry department, which is affiliated with MODAFL, has conducted experiments on beryllium; reportedly has departments for flight dynamics, space propulsion, space structures, and space systems design, as well as a total of six aerospace faculties and research centers.

Along with K.N. Toosi University of Technology, serves as the site of an oversees training branch of Moscow State Aviation Technological University (MATI); reportedly oversees the Aviation University Complex.

In 2016, reportedly hosted a conference that included the presentation of a GPS navigation device designed for the Iranian military; in 2003, created a missile training program in collaboration with the Aerospace Industries Organization (AIO).

Obtained specialized software from the Iranian firm Ajily Software Procurement Group; has sought goods or services from the Iranian firm Aria Nikan; reportedly collaborates with Iran Aircraft Industries (IACI).

According to the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), supplies university experts and professors to the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) for research related to the production of nuclear weapons and has a laser enrichment program in a location outside Isfahan; according to the NCRI, has produced centrifuge parts, conducts research on the production of maraging steel containing cobalt and having a grade of 300-350, which is may be used for centrifuge rotors, and involved in attempts to make ceramic matrix composites; according to the NCRI, successfully produced beryllium oxide in laboratory testing and mixes beryllium with Polonium 210 for a neutron initiator.

Serves as a MODAFL biological weapons center, according to the NCRI, and carries out genetic cloning at the Lavizan-Shian Technological Research Center; according to the NCRI, houses the Center for Genetic Biotechnology and Engineering Research (Research Center for Genetic Biotechnology), a key facility in Iran's bioweapons program;

Personnel have included Reza Mozaffarinia Hosein (dean), Mohsen Fakhrizadeh-Mahabadi (head), and Lieutenant General Mohammad Mehdi Nejad Nouri (rector); other personnel have reportedly included Fereidoun Abbasi-Davani (head of a research institute), Dr. Reza Erfanian (head of physics research and laser enrichment expert), and Dr. Mansour Mohtashamifard (employee of electrical engineering department and laser enrichment expert); according to the NCRI, other personnel have included Dr. Majid Rezazadeh (head of laser enrichment program, chairman of a science complex in Isfahan, and a member of board of scientists), Dr. Nasser Ehsani (university president and head of beryllium oxide project), Brigadier General Hosseini Tash (supervisor of beryllium oxide project), Dr. Teimourian (head of chemical group), Abbas Soliemani (engineer), Dr. Nasser Ehsani, and Dr. Maqsudi (head of Center for Scientific and Growth Technology and genetic cloning program).

Established in 1985.


Designated by the U.N. Security Council on June 9, 2010, pursuant to resolution Resolution 1929 (2010), as an entity involved in Iran’s proliferation sensitive nuclear activities or development of nuclear weapon delivery systems; subsequently designated by U.N. Security Council resolution 2231 (2015); with some exceptions, the designation requires states to freeze assets that are owned or controlled by the entity, directly or indirectly, and to ensure that assets are not made available to the entity.

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;[46] with some 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.

Added to the Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) list maintained by the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) on July 12, 2012, 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.

Sanctioned on June 9, 2010, by the government of Australia, restricting business and financial transactions with the entity and freezing its assets in Australia.

Listed by the Japanese government in 2019 as an entity of concern for proliferation relating to missiles and nuclear weapons.

Date Entered: 

January 26, 2004

Date Last Modified: 

October 7, 2019