Ministry of Defence Production manages different Defence Production Organisations which include Pakistan Ordnance
Factories (POF), Heavy Industries Taxila (HIT), Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC), National Radio and Telecom
Corporation (NRTC), Karachi Shipyard and Engineering Works (KS&EW) and miscellaneous other organisations. These
organisations are undertaking manufacturing of defence hardware as well as rebuilding and upgradation of the inducted
equipment of the Armed Forces. The products are made in accordance with the highest standards of quality, which is
evident from the steadily increasing exports.
At the time of partition in 1947, Pakistan did not inherit any defence manufacturing infrastructure. A beginning was made in the early fifties when a small arms manufacturing facility was created at Wah. Over the years, as the needs of Pakistan Armed Forces grew, the facility also expanded. Today, the Pakistan Ordnance Factories meet the entire requirements of small arms and machine guns of the Armed Forces. All the requirements of ammunition of small arms, mortars and artillery shells and military explosives are also being met by these factories.
With the establishment of Defence Production Ministry in 1972, the manufacture and rebuilding of tanks, armoured personnel carriers, assault bridges, light trainer aircraft, fighter aircraft, and indigenous production of mine hunters, submarines and fast patrol boats was undertaken.
Under a phased development programme, the production of anti-tank and anti-aircraft missiles, night vision devices, LASER Range Finders, military communication equipment, multi barrel rocket launchers was also undertaken. Over the years, Pakistan Defence Production Organisations have achieved excellence and world-wide acceptability. They are also actively pursuing R&D on different hi-tech projects in line with the new trends and as per the demands of different users.
Today, Pakistan Defence Production Organisations are not only aptly fulfilling the needs of Pakistan Armed Forces but also actively engaged in Exports / Joint Ventures with number of friendly countries.
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