Qods Aeronautics Industries
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Qods Aviation Industry (also spelled Ghods or Ghoods) is an Iranian aviation manufacturing company established in 1985. Qods Aeronautics Industries Produces unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), parachutes, paragliders, paramotors, etc. Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) has boasted of using these products as part of its asymmetric warfare doctrine.
The main goal for Ghods organization was to design, manufacture, and upgrade variety of pilotless planes. Iran Aviation Industries Organization of the Armed Forces (IAIO), also known as the Iranian Armed Forces Aviation Industries Organization (IAFAIO), and Ghods/Ghoods Research Center were both formed in the early 1980s. IAIO progressed from repair and maintenance facilities to larger defence enterprises with several thousands employees, while Ghods remained relatively small.
Qods is the Islamic name for Jerusalem. In Arabic it means the Holy Place or Holy City. Qods Aeronautics Industries is an Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) entity. The Qods (Jerusalem) Force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) is responsible for extraterritorial operations. In March 1998 it was reportedly joined under the Aviation Industries Organization (Aeronautics Industries Organization) on the order of the Ministry of Defense and Armed Forces Logistics (MODAFL).
In 2007 it was listed by the British governmentas an entity of potential concern for WMD-related procurement. U.N. Security Council Resolution 1747 of March 24, 2007, lists entities of proliferation concern; with some exceptions, the U.N. designation requires states to freeze the financial assets on their territories which are owned or controlled by the entity, by its agents, or by entities it controls; the U.N. designation also requires states to ensure that funds, financial assets or economic resources are prevented from being made available by their nationals or by any persons or entities within their territories, to or for the benefit of the entity.
Manufacturing pilotless planes
- Tallash I (Endeavor)
- Tallash II / Talash 2
- Hadaf 3000 (Target 3000)
- Saeqeh / Saeghe I ("Lightning Bolt") and II
- Mohajer II
- Mohajer III (Dorna)
- Mohajer IV (Hodhod)
- Developing variety of parachutes. (Freefall Personnel Parachutes, Strato Cloud parachutes, Ofogh parachutes, and Fakhte parachutes.)
- Manufacturing powered paragliders
- Manufacturing and design of ground control station (GCS) electronic system, imagery, targeting, optical tracking and aviation
On 12 December 2013 the U.S. Departments of the Treasury and State announced the designation of a number of companies and individuals for evading international sanctions against Iran and for providing support for Iranís nuclear program. As the United States and partners in the P5+1 explore the possibility of a long-term, comprehensive resolution with Iran that would provide confidence that Iranís nuclear program is exclusively peaceful, the US remained committed to vigorously enforcing the sanctions regime and to exposing the Government of Iranís (GOI) efforts to use deceptive practices and front companies to further its nuclear program.
Continuing the effort to target Iranís nuclear proliferation activities, Treasury today targeted a network of proliferators headed by Iranís Ministry of Defense for Armed Forces Logistics (MODAFL), which oversees Iranís ballistic missile program. MODAFL was designated by the United States pursuant to E.O. 13382 in 2007, and has brokered a number of transactions involving materials and technologies with ballistic missile applications.
Iranís Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) operates Qods Aviation Industries and uses it to fund projects. MODAFL contracts with Qods Aviation Industries for aviation and air defense projects. Qods Aviation is involved in the production of UAVs, parachutes, paragliders, and para-motors, which the IRGC has claimed to use as part of its asymmetric warfare doctrine. In addition, Qods Aviation Industries has also been identified as an IRGC entity in an annex to U.N. Security Council Resolution 1747 of March 24, 2007. It was also listed by the European Union on March 23, 2012 as an entity linked to Iranís proliferation-sensitive nuclear activities or Iranís development of nuclear weapon delivery systems.
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