Shahed Aviation Industries

Also Known As: 

Shahed Aviation Industries Research Center
Shahed Aviation Industries Complex
Shahed Aviation Industries Research
صنایع هوایی شاهد
مرکز تحقیقات صنایع هوایی شاهد
تحقیقات صنایع هوایی شاه

Weapon Program: 

  • Military

Related Country: 

  • Russia


Shahid Lavi Street, Sajad Street, Isfahan, Iran

Entity Web Site:

Shahed Aviation Industries Logo

An Iranian company that specializes in the design and manufacture of aircraft, including helicopters and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs); 
according to the U.S. Department of the Treasury, is subordinate to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Aerospace Force (IRGCASF).

Involved in the design and manufacture of Shahed-series UAVs, including the Shahed-129, Shahed-131, Shahed-136, and Shahed-171; reportedly also involved in the design and manufacture of the Shahed-123, Shahed-141, and Shahed-191.

Shahed-series one-way attack UAVs have been supplied to and used by Russia in its 2022 war against Ukraine, according to the European Union; according to the U.S. Department of Defense, Shahed-series one-way attack UAVs have also been used in multiple strikes against civilian infrastructure in the Middle East, including the September 14, 2019, attack against Saudi Aramco oil facilities, the July 29 and 30, 2021, attack against the Mercer Street vessel, and the November 15, 2022, attack against the Pacific Zircon vessel.

Shahed-series UAVs have used engines similar or identical to those produced by Oje Parvaz Mado Nafar Company and China-based Beijing MicroPilot UAV Flight Control Systems.

Has been involved in the design and manufacture of Shahed-series helicopters, such as the Shahed-285 and reportedly the Shahed-216 and Shahed-278; has been involved in reverse-engineering a Lockheed Martin RQ-170 Sentinel UAV.

Reportedly operates a research, development, and production facility at Badr Air Base near Isfahan, Iran.


Listed by the European Union on October 20, 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.

Added on November 15, 2022, 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; 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 Canada and the United Kingdom, restricting business and/or financial transactions with the entity and/or freezing its assets in those countries.

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Date Entered: 

December 16, 2022

Date Last Modified: 

December 16, 2022