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U.S. Treasury Department Sanctions an Iranian Company for Shipping Drones to Russia

Shahed 171 Simorgh flying wing UAV (photo credit: M. Sadegh Nikgostar/Fars News Agency)
Shahed 171 Simorgh flying wing UAV (photo credit: M. Sadegh Nikgostar/Fars News Agency)

The US Treasury Department sanctioned an Iranian company shipping drones to Russia for use in the invasion of Ukraine, as well as three other Iranian companies for their involvement in producing drones, the Treasury announced on Thursday.

The Tehran-based Safiran Airport Services was sanctioned for coordinating Russian military flights between Iran and Russia, including flights transporting Iranian UAVs, personnel and related equipment from Iran to Russia. After assembly and testing, the Russian Aerospace Forces intend to deploy the UAVs in the war in Ukraine, according to the Treasury’s announcement.

The Paravar Pars Company, which is closely associated with the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-controlled Imam Hossein University, has produced drones for the IRGC’s Aerospace Forces and tested drones for the IRGC’s Navy.

The company was specifically involved in the research, development, and production of the Iranian Shahed-171 UAV and received US and Israeli-made drones from the IRGC which they then reverse-engineered to reproduce Iranian-made versions.

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