On 24 June, Radio Farda reported that near the country’s largest deposit of bauxite, sits an aluminium production complex that the government has publicly hailed as a key part of its efforts to boost output of the metal, but is also apparently home to a secret facility set up by the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps and has been producing aluminium powder for use in its missile programme. It says that Iran’s production of aluminium powder for use in missiles, which hasn’t previously been reported, was developed amid international sanctions. Producing its own aluminium powder for use in missile propellants would give Iran greater control of the supply chain and quality. It is said that the Jajarm facility is run by Iran Alumina Company, which is a subsidiary of state-owned mines and metal holding company Iranian Mines and Mining Industries Development and Renovation Organisation (IMIDRO). Aluminium powder is used in products ranging from paints and electronics to solar panels and fireworks but, due to its explosive qualities, aluminium powder is also a key ingredient in solid-fuel propellants used to launch rockets and missiles. In 2010, the UK added IAC to a list of Iranian entities it believed could use goods purchased for military purposes or for WMD.
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