Air Weapons Complex
|Industry||Aerospace and defense technology|
|Founded||18 February 1992,|
|Headquarters||Wah, Punjab, Pakistan|
|Key people||Air Vice Marshal Arshad Khan, Director-General|
Communication & Navigation equipment
Air Weapons Complex (AWC) is a development and production centre for airborne weapons systems in Pakistan, more recently becoming involved in various commercial and other non-military projects also. The facility began operations in 1992 and has since grown considerably. Located near Wah, Pakistan, AWC now works under the umbrella organization of NESCOM.
- Airborne Video Tape Recorder (AVTR) system
- Airborne Digital Data Recorder system
- Infra-red search and track (IRST) system
- GPS navigation system
- Mechanical gyro and iFOG-based inertial navigation system (INS)
- MOHAFIZ counter-measures dispensing system
- Laser guidance system for Mk.80 series bombs (license-manufactured design from the US)
- Practice bombs (6 kg, 11 kg)
- 250 kg Pre-fragmented bomb
- 250 kg Mk.82 general purpose bomb
- 500 kg Mk.83 bomb
- 1000 kg Mk.84 bomb
- Mk.80 series general purpose bomb tail units (low drag or high drag speed-retarding devices)
- HAFR-1, HAFR-2 and RPB-1 anti-runway weapons (possibly variants of the Matra Durandal)
- Ra'ad ALCM
- Air Defence Automation System (C4I system) - exported to Bangladesh, installed by AWC technicians circa 2005.
- Electronic fuses for air-launched weapons (impact and proximity fuses)
- Real-time ACMI system
- Voice/Fax/Data encryption system
- Multi-Spectral Camouflage Net - camouflages against night-vision, infra-red, radar and millimeter wave sensors as well as visual detection. Stated to reduce an object's radar cross-section (RCS) by 86% on average and reduce average detection range by 43.8%.
- Software Development for Mission Critical Systems
- Electronic System Design and Production
- Prototyping and Production of Specialized Mechanical Assemblies
- Mechanical Components Precision Manufacturing
- TQM Practices
- Mil-Spec Qualifications
- CAD/CAM Support
The Air Weapons Complex embarked on a project for the indigenous development of UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) in mid-1998. The Sky Tracker and Sky Navigator software suites were developed for the ground-based tracking of UAVs. The software retrieves the GPS position data from the UAV via a radio data-link and uses it to show the position of the UAV as a 2D plot along with other essential data such as, speed, altitude, heading, etc. This plot can be overlaid onto area maps as well. This information is used by the pilot for flying the UAV from the ground-based command station.
List of Director-Generals
- Air Commodore (later Air Marshal) Shahid Hamid 1992 – July 2003
- Air Vice Marshal Raja Tariq Mahmood July 2003 – December 2006
- Air Vice Marshal Zubair Iqbal Malik December 2006 – December 2010
- Air Vice Marshal Hamid S. Hashmi December 2010 – Feb 2012
- Air Vice Marshal Arshad Khan December 2012 - on going
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