National Engineering and Scientific Commission

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National Engineering and Scientific Commission
NESCOM
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Abbreviation NESCOM
Predecessor National Development Complex
Formation 2001
Headquarters Islamabad, Pakistan
Location
  • Islamabad, Pakistan
Director
Dr.Shahid Nabeel
Parent organization
Strategic Plans Division (SPD), Ministry of Defence (Pakistan)
Budget
Classified
Staff
36,000
Formerly called
National Development Complex
NDC

The National Engineering and Scientific Commission (NESCOM) is a civilian controlled scientific and engineering organization in Pakistan, carrying out research and development in many areas including information technology, fluid dynamics, aerodynamics, aerospace engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and chemical engineering, with specialties in the design and production of communication systems and aerodynamic vehicles.

In 2007 it was reported that NESCOM had exported products worth approximately $40 million annually to various countries in the Middle East, South East Asia and Africa. According to then Chairman Samar Mubarakmand, NESCOM had developed various communication systems and electronic counter-measures systems for the Pakistan Air Force and Pakistan Navy.[1]

Organization[edit]

NESCOM is believed to be the successor of the National Development Complex (NDC). NDC is believed to have been merged with NESCOM and is now the missile and ground-based systems division of NESCOM.

In 2004, it was revealed by then-Director Samar Mubarakmand that NESCOM had a staff of around 36000. It was revealed that NESCOM was organized into divisions, with each division being headed by a top scientist of international repute having around 600-1000 engineers and technicians under his supervision.

Projects[edit]

  • Burraq - unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV) armed with laser-guided missiles
  • Barq - with a reported range of 700 km.
  • H-2 - precision-guided munition widely known to be designed in collaboration with Denel of South Africa
  • Shaheen-I - solid-fuel ballistic missile with a reported range of 700km. The Shaheen was Pakistan's first solid-fuel missile. The missile project began in 1995 and the the development and design was carried out by NESCOM's predecessor, the National Development Complex (NDC).
  • Shaheen-IA - an upgraded version of the Shaheen-I with a range of 900km. The upgrade was supposedly carried out by NESCOM in the early 2000s and supposedly included a terminal guidance system, improved radar-avoidance capability and stealth features.
  • Shaheen-II - solid-fuel ballistic missile with a reported range of 2500 km.
  • Shaheen-III - solid-fuel ballistic missile with a reported range of 2750 km .

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