|Last Updated:||December 1, 2010|
|Subordinate To:||Defense Industries Organization's Defense Technology and Science Research Center|
|Size:||Karaj has eight affiliated departments (mostly related to nuclear activities)|
The Karaj complex is at the center of Iran's missile development industry.  Karaj's design center is reportedly part of the Defense Technology and Science Research Center.  The complex conducts design research and development for the Shahab missile series, including for the missiles' guidance systems, propellants, and solid and liquid fueled engines. 
Many experts, including Anthony Cordesman, believe that the facility at Karaj has received substantial support from Russian and Chinese scientists.  Russian authorities reportedly authorized the transfer of a complete SS-4 intermediate-range missile production line to the Karaj facility, including the missile's airframe and engine.  UNSCR 1747 imposed financial sanctions on the Karaj complex.
 Yonah Alexander and Milton M. Hoenig, The New Iranian Leadership, (London: Praeger Security International, 2008), p. 177.
 Anthony H. Cordesman, Iraq and the War of Sanctions: Conventional Threats and Weapons of Mass Destruction, (London: Praeger, 1999), p. 411.
 Wyn Bowen, "Ballistic Missile Shadow Lengthens," Jane's International Defence Review, 1 January 1997, www.janes.com.
 Anthony H. Cordesman, Iran's Military Forces in Transition: Conventional Threats and Weapons of Mass Destruction (London: Praeger Publishers, 1999), p. 255.
 Ali Chaudhry, "Iran's Ambitious Missile Program," Center for Defense Information, 1 July 2004.