Iran-based Mehdi Gogerdchian (Gogerdchian) serves as HESA’s current managing director and as a member of the firm’s board of directors. Gogerdchian has overseen HESA’s UAV testing and represented the firm in its contracts with foreign suppliers.
HESA manufactures Iran’s Ababil- and Shahed-series UAVs. It was designated pursuant to E.O. 13382 on September 17, 2008 for being owned or controlled by Iran’s Ministry of Defense and Armed Forces Logistics (MODAFL) and for having provided support to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). As of 2022, HESA has used the name Shahin Co. in contracts with overseas-based suppliers in an apparent effort to evade U.S. sanctions and export controls. Because HESA continues to procure sensitive UAV components under this name, OFAC is updating HESA’s entry on the SDN List to include Shahin Co. as an alias.
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» Added to the Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) list maintained by the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) on September 19, 2023 pursuant to Executive Order 13382 for acting or purporting to act for or on behalf of, directly or indirectly, HESA;