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US Sanctions Iran’s Shahed-136 Program

Shahed 136 Kamikaze Drone

US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) imposed sanctions on five entities and two individuals from Iran, China, Hong Kong, Türkiye, and the UAE for their involvement in procuring sensitive parts for Iran’s one-way attack unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) program. This program is linked to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Aerospace Force Self Sufficiency Jihad Organization (IRGC ASF SSJO). It is suspected of supporting Russia's invasion of Ukraine with Shahed-136 UAVs, one-way, Kamikaze attack drones. The topic was brought up during the recent visit to Iran by Russia's Defense Minister.

The sanctioned network is accused of facilitating shipments and financial transactions to procure servomotors, essential components used in Iran's Shahed-series UAVs. One of these servomotors was found in the remains of a Russia-operated Shahed-136 UAV shot down in Ukraine.

Iran’s Pishgam Electronic Safeh Company (PESC) and its CEO have been designated under Executive Order (E.O.) 13382 for supporting the IRGC ASF SSJO. Hong Kong Himark Electron Model Limited and its representative, Fan Yang, have also been sanctioned for fulfilling servomotor orders for PESC and obfuscating the Iranian end-user of the shipments.

Türkiye-based firms Dal Enerji and Anka Port, along with UAE-based Farhad Ghaedi Goods Wholesalers LLC, have been sanctioned for facilitating financial transactions and logistics in support of PESC's servomotor procurement from Hongkong Himark.

These sanctions involve freezing all U.S. property and interests of the named individuals and entities and prohibiting all transactions by U.S. persons that involve any property or interests of the sanctioned persons. Foreign financial institutions that knowingly facilitate significant transactions for these individuals and entities could also be subject to U.S. sanctions.


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