DESA (company)

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Iran Heavy Diesel Manufacturing Company
Industry Engineering and manufacturing
Founded 1991[1]
Headquarters Tehran (sales office) and Amol (factory), Iran[1]
Key people
A. Ghorban Alibeik, Managing Director[1]
M. Mirsalim, Chairman[1]
Products Diesel engine, gas engine
Services Maintenance & refurbishing of diesel engines
Revenue 12px $ 30.2 million[citation needed][when?]
Number of employees

The Iran Heavy Diesel Manufacturing Company (Persian: شركت صنعتی وتولیدی ديزل سنگين ايران‎‎ Šerkat-e sanʿati wa-tawlidi-ye dizel-e sangin-e Irān, abbreviated دسا DESA) is an Iranian company manufacturing heavy diesel engines from 200 to 3500 kW for railway, marine and power generation purposes.


The Iran Heavy Diesel Engine Mfg Co. (DESA) company was established in 1991 with the aim of developing industrial production of diesel engines; a factory of over 10,000m2 was constructed on a 80ha site, with facilities for quality testing and research and design.[1]

The company obtained licenses to manufacture Wärtsilä engines and Ruston RK 215 engines under license from MAN.[1] Wärtsilä engine assembly began in 1996, RK 215 engine production began in 2000.[citation needed]

In 2009 the company unveiled Iran's first indigenous heavy diesel engine, the D87.[2] A dual fuel (gas / diesel) version is also to be produced.[3]



The company produces diesel generators for permanent and emergency electricity supply. 104 units have been supplied to the Iran Telecommunications Company.[1]


The company is a supplier to both the Iranian Islamic Republic Railways and the Raja Passenger Train Company.[1]

DESA has manufactured the Ruston RK 215 diesel engine for the AD43C mainline diesel locomotive, of which 70 units were manufactured by Wagon Pars.[4][5]

The company is also assembling 16V 4000 MTU type diesel engines[1] for a contract for 150 IranRunner locomotives for passenger trains to be manufactured by Siemens and the MLC (Mapna Locomotive Engineering and Manufacturing Company). The first 30 units will be supplied by Siemens, the remaining 120 will be primarily manufactured domestically capacities and expertise over six years.[6]

The company has also supplied 120 engines for trainsets, and 60 engines for railbuses.[1]


The company also supplies engines for marine use, and dual fuel engines for powerplants.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 "Iran Heavy Diesel Engine Mfg Co. (DESA)" (PDF). Retrieved 27 June 2011. 
  2. "Iran unveils heavy-duty diesel engine". Tehran Times. 25 July 2009. 
  3. "Iran to develop dual-fuel NG-diesel engines". PressTV. 27 July 2009. 
  4. "Iranians to build AC diesels". Railway Gazette. 1 February 1998. 
  5. "Into Man B & W and the New Millenium". Anson Engine Museum. ..contract was signed during September with ALSTOM Transport of France for Ruston to supply 100 traction engines type 16RK215T. The engines were to be used to power one hundred AD43C locomotives for the Iranian Islamic Republic Railways ... Prior to signing the contract Ruston negotiated a Consortium, Transfer of Technology, Localisation and Distribution agreement with the Iran Heavy Engine Manufacturing Company (DESA). The agreement was for Ruston to supply the first engines fully built and the remainder to be built in Iran by DESA .. 
  6. "Iran Manufactures 1st Express Train". Iran Daily. 3 February 2007. Archived from the original on 5 February 2007. 

External links[edit]

  • دسا, (in Persian, English, and Russian) , DESA official website
    • "(Desa catalogue)" (PDF), (in Persian) , product catalogue