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US/UK issue New Iran sanctions’ on the “Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) sector”


In a coordinated move, the U.S. and U.K. governments announced on April 18 2024, new sanctions against Iran that target its Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) sector and ballistic missile programs

This is the first in a series of upcoming sanctions actions following last weekend’s attack, which may extend to networks involved in the development, procurement, and facilitation of goods for Iran's UAV and ballistic missile programs.

These procurement networks employ various methods to evade export controls and sanctions, including obscuring end users through a layered approach, routing shipments through several countries, and using deceptive tactics to access the U.S. and international financial systems.

The newly announced sanctions by the U.S. and U.K. illustrate an example of these tactics.

The U.S. Department of the Treasury sanctioned Aseman Pishraneh

  • Aseman Pishraneh is responsible for providing services to aircraft engines used in several Iranian drones, including the Shahed-129 and Mohajer-6.
  • Aseman Pishraneh is majority-owned by Paravar Pars Company, an Iranian drone maker that several governments have previously sanctioned for its involvement in manufacturing and testing UAVs for Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Aerospace Force (IRGC ASF).

The UK-sanctioned Mahtabal (“MahtaWing”),

  • Mahtabal (“MahtaWing”), an Iran-registered aviation service and supply company, was sanctioned by the U.K. for its involvement in the Iranian drone industry.
  • The company's website lists an Italian phone number and an address in Trento, Italy.

A Kharon investigation found several connections between the two sanctioned companies that pre-date their recent designation.



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