Air Weapons Complex

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Air Weapons Complex
Defence Company
IndustryAerospace and defense technology
Founded18 February 1992
Key people
Air Vice Marshal Shahaab Shafqat, Director-General
ProductsAerospace equipment
Military aircraft
Communication & Navigation equipment
Space systems
Number of employees
ParentPakistan Aeronautical Complex

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.[1][2] Located near Wah, Pakistan, AWC now works under the umbrella organization of NESCOM.


Airborne systems[edit]

Air-launched weaponry[edit]


  • Air Defence Automation System (C4I system) - given to Bangladesh, installed by AWC technicians circa 2005.[7]
  • 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%.[8]

Technical Expertise[edit]

  • Software Development for Mission Critical Systems
  • Non Destructive Testing Software and Mechincal Support
  • Electronic System Design and Production
  • Prototyping and Production of Specialized Mechanical Assemblies
  • Mechanical Components Precision Manufacturing
  • TQM Practices
  • Mil-Spec Qualifications
  • CAD/CAM Support[9][1]

UAV project[edit]

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-link17 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.[10][11][2]


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  4. ^ "Defense & Security Intelligence & Analysis: IHS Jane's - IHS". Archived from the original on 11 August 2011.
  5. ^ "Hafr-1 and -2 RBP-1 Runway Penetration Bomb, Pakistan". Archived from the original on 17 June 2011. Retrieved 11 May 2011.
  6. ^ "Pakistan tests ballistic missile". BBC News. 29 April 2011.
  7. ^ "Bangladesh adopts Pakistan-made air defence system". Pakistan Times ( Archived from the original on 7 January 2009. Retrieved 27 May 2011.
  8. ^ "Article 4". Archived from the original on 29 June 2014. Retrieved 30 April 2013.
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  10. ^ News, Defense. "404". Defense News.[dead link]
  11. ^ "Defense & Security Intelligence & Analysis: IHS Jane's - IHS". Archived from the original on 2 April 2012.