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
دانشگاه صنعتي مالك اشتر

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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An Iranian university sub-ordinate to the Defense Technology and Science Research Center (DTSRC) that supports the education and research and development needs of the Iranian Ministry of Defense Armed Forces Logistics (MODAFL); faculty members have conducted research relevant to missiles and nuclear power.

Faculty members have also conducted research on missile guidance systems, missile flight stability, ultra-high temperature ceramic coatings for missiles and rockets, and proton exchange membrane fuel cells.

In collaboration with scientists from Islamic Azad University and K. N. Toosi University of Technology, faculty members have obtained hydroxyl-terminated polybutadiene (HTPB) from Zibo Elim Trade Company Ltd. in China; in collaboration with scientists from the University of Tehran, faculty members have obtained unsymmetrical dimethyl hydrazine (UDMH) from the United States; faculty members have also obtained ammonium perchlorate (AP), hydrazine, and triphenylbismuth (TPB) from a multinational company headquartered in Germany and inhibited red fuming nitric acid (IRFNA) from a company located in the United States; AP, UDMH, HTPB, hydrazine, IRFNA, and TPB are substances controlled under the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) for their potential use in missile propellant.

In cooperation with scientists from the Nuclear Science and Technology Research Institute (NSTRI) of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), faculty members have studied the cooling process of the pressurized water reactor used in the Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant (BNPP); a subordinate entity has carried out studies that have applications in the development of nuclear explosives.

Has reportedly been affiliated with the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC); in 2016, reportedly hosted a conference that included the presentation of a GPS navigation device designed for the Iranian Armed Forces; in 2014, developed satellites for the Iranian government; in 2011, designed and launched the Rasad 1 satellite; in 2003, created a missile training program in collaboration with the Aerospace Industries Organization (AIO).

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

Research institutes have included the Research Center for Explosion and Impact (METFAZ); has reportedly overseen the Aviation University Complex.

Operates campuses in Isfahan, Shiraz, and Tehran; has hosted a training branch of Moscow State Aviation Technological Institute (MATI).

According to the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), has supplied experts to the AEOI for research related to the production of nuclear weapons and has operated a laser enrichment program in a location outside Isfahan; according to the NCRI, has served as a MODAFL biological weapons center; according to the NCRI, has carried out genetic cloning at the Lavizan-Shian Technological Research Center; according to the NCRI, has housed the Center for Genetic Biotechnology and Engineering Research, a facility relevant for the development of biological weapons.

Officials have included Reza Mozaffarinia Hosein (dean) and Mohammad Mehdi Nejad Nouri (rector); former officials have included Mohsen Fakhrizadeh-Mahabadi (head); other personnel have reportedly included Fereidoun Abbasi-Davani (head of a research institute).

Established in 1985.


Designated by the U.N. Security Council on June 9, 2010, pursuant to resolution 1737 (2006), 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); removed from the U.N. list on October 18, 2023, following the expiration of targeted sanctions contained in resolution 2231.

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, 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 July 12, 2012, 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; also 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.

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

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

Listed by the British government in 2015 as an entity of potential concern for WMD-related procurement, but removed in 2017 after the U.K. withdrew its Iran list.

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Date Entered: 

January 26, 2004

Date Last Modified: 

December 20, 2023