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Hemmat Industrial Complex

The Shahid Hemmat Industrial Complex is located outside of Tehran along the Damavand Tehran highway and is responsible for the development of of Iran's ballistic and cruise missile systems. The Industrial Group responsible for operating the facility is subordinate to the Sanam Industrial Group and it has invited a number of Chinese and North Korean researchers to assist scientists working at Shahid Hemmat.

Israeli and US intelligence reports leaked to the Washington Times in May 1997 revealed that TSAGI had signed a contract with the Shahid Hemat missile division of Iran's Defense Industries Organization earlier that year to build a wind tunnel at the Shahid Hemat missile plant outside of Tehran, and provide software to help Iran model missile performance.

In July 2001 Ali Mahmudi Mimand, one of the chief engineers in the Iranian Defense Ministry's Satellite and Aeronautics Industry, was reportedly found dead under mysterious circumstances. Sources said Mimand, the brain behind Teheran's effort to build medium-range missiles, was killed by an unexplained explosion at the Shahid Hemat Industrial Group research facility, where tests were being carried out on an advance launching apparatus to be used for the Shihab-3.

In 1998, one source stated that more than 400 people were employed at the facility. It is also suspected that Russian companies have supplied the Industrial Group with missile testing software and equipment, including wind tunnels and modeling tools. The complex is protected by the Revolutionary Guard Corps and reportedly produced the Shahab-3 and Shahab-4 missiles which were tested in May 2002.

The Shahid Hemmat Industrial Group was placed under US sanction in 2000 and 2003 for its role in contributing to the proliferation of missile technology. In October 2004, the US reportedly imposed sanctions on the Ukranian based Zaporizhzhya Regional Foreign Economic Association for its alleged dealings with the Shahid Hemmat Industrial Group. The Industrial Complex is not far from the Imam Hussein University and according to reports from the anti-regime terrorist group, the People's Mujahideen, the University has been involved in Iran's weapons manufacturing programs.

As observable in available satellite imagery, the Missile Industries Area encompasses approximately 150 acres. The Aerospace Industries region includes around 380 acres, while the Mechanical Industries area encloses about 230 acres. The Electronic Industries area measures about five acres.

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