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Iran Aviation Industries Organization (IAIO)

The Iran Aviation Industries Organization (IAIO) was established in 1966 for the purpose of planning, controlling, and managing the military aviation industry of Iran. Iran Aviation Industries Organization of the Armed Forces (IAIO), also known as the Iranian Armed Forces Aviation Industries Organization (IAFAIO), was formed in the early 1980s. IAIO progressed from repair and maintenance facilities to larger defence enterprises with several thousands employees.

Iran`s Aviation Industries scored considerable achievements, emerging as the forerunner in Iran`s aviation industry in the post-1979 Islamic Revolution period. Expressing this view, Managing Director of Iran`s Aviation Industries Brigadier General Ali-Mohammad Naderi said in a 28 September 2005 press briefing about his organization`s post-Revolution achievements that it had produced more than 1,600 planes, 2,182 plane engines, 1,751 helicopter engines, 149 industrial jet engines, in addition to repairing more than 11 models of planes and 18 models of military, commercial and industrial planes` engines. Naderi said his organization used to repair three different models of F-4, C-130 and F-5 planes before the 1979 Islamic Revolution. Furthermore, Naderi said Iran`s Aviation Industries has been successful in reducing bureaucracy, upgrading knowledge and experience of its personnel, updating its equipment and facilities, attaining self-sufficiency and raising exports. He said his organization also manufactures and repairs planes, including wide-bodied aircraft, produces turbine engines and repairs engines. He added that the organization tries its best to guarantee a constant backup for its air fleet, acquire and transfer know-how and experience and meet the requirements of its non-military sections.

Currently, the IAIO is responsible for directing five aviation organizations: SAHA, HESA, PANHA, Ghods, and Shahid Basir Industry. These five organizations have different and complementary roles in the Iranian defense industry. SAHA Iran Aircraft Industries was established in 1961 mainly for major repair of fighter, passenger, and air support plans. Iran Aircraft Manufacturing Industrial Company (HESA) was established in 1976 and belongs to the Iranian Aviation Industries Organization (IAIO). PANHA is an Iranian helicopter manufacturing company. Ghods Aviation Industry is an Iranian aviation manufacturing company established in 1985. Shahid Basir is an Iranian aviation manufacturing company. Irans military industry has taken great strides in the past 25 years, and now manufactures many types of sophisticated arms and equipment.

IAIO's main task, in addition to supplying spare parts for aircraft in service, is to obtain the required technologies and know-how to manufacture aircraft for the national armed forces. IAIO thus acts as the policy maker, coordinator and planner for the activities of Iran's aviation industries as regards manufacturing, overhaul, support and repair of all types of aircraft.

IAIO will also manufacture 100 advanced Tu-214 and Tu-204 airliners with a 210-passenger capacity in cooperation with Russia within the next 10 years.

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 Irans 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 Irans nuclear program is exclusively peaceful, the US remained committed to vigorously enforcing the sanctions regime and to exposing the Government of Irans (GOI) efforts to use deceptive practices and front companies to further its nuclear program.

Continuing the effort to target Irans nuclear proliferation activities, Treasury today targeted a network of proliferators headed by Irans Ministry of Defense for Armed Forces Logistics (MODAFL), which oversees Irans 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.

Iran Aviation Industries Organization is part of the Iranian Ministry of Defense and is responsible for managing Irans military aviation industry. Among other things, it is involved in developing long range unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). It has also been sanctioned by the European Union as an entity linked to Irans proliferation-sensitive nuclear activities or Irans development of nuclear weapon delivery systems.




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