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Welcome to the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD)

Located at Patuxent River, Maryland; Lakehurst, New Jersey; and Orlando, Florida; our team supports research and development, engineering, test and evaluation of all Navy and Marine Corps air vehicle systems and trainers. NAWCAD manages test ranges, test facilities, laboratories and aircraft necessary to support the fleet's acquisition requirements. We provide a variety of services to the Department of Defense, federal agencies and non-federal customers.

NAWCAD is one of two product centers within Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) that partner with industry to deliver high-quality, affordable products in support of military operating forces worldwide. Our products and services include aircraft, avionics, air-launched weapons, electronic warfare systems, cruise missiles, unmanned aerial vehicles, launch and arresting gear, training equipment and facilities, and all air power equipment related to the Navy and Marine Corps.

As one of the three principal stakeholders in the Naval Aviation Enterprise (NAE), NAVAIR is responsible for development, acquisition, and life-cycle management for all Navy and Marine Corps aviation systems.