Aircraft Launch and Recovery

NAWCAD is responsible for design, development, evaluation, verification, fielding and in-service engineering support for the Navy's Aircraft Launch and Recovery system and aircraft, target and weapon support equipment.

Air Vehicle Engineering

NAWCAD scientists and engineers provide the technical excellence to support the maritime engineering needs related to technology development, system acquisition, and product support of all naval aviation air vehicle engineering.

Air vehicle engineering consists of the following functional areas: air vehicle engineering, aeromechanics, structures, materials engineering, subsystems, and aerial vehicle engineering science and technology. 

Air Vehicle Modification and Instrumentation

NAWCAD's air vehicle modification and instrumentation division provides the Navy expert capability in design, production, prototype support and instrumentation systems for all naval air vehicles and airborne weapon systems.

Atlantic Test Ranges

The Atlantic Test Ranges are instrumented test ranges providing full-service support for cradle-to-grave test and training for aircraft, aircrew and subsystems. The range features a telemetry center for real-time data transmission from up to ten separate in-flight aircraft to ground engineering personnel. The center manages over 2,700 square miles of restricted airspace including targets and airspace over the mid-Atlantic seaboard. Scheduling offshore warning areas, where support is typically provided, expands that area to over 50,000 square miles. Mobile range systems support tests across the country, aboard ships and around the world.

Avionics

NAWCAD provides in-service support of naval avionics systems, equipment and associated operating software.

Human Systems

NAWCAD performs the research, development, test and evaluation that optimizes the human within the total system, including systems across aviation support facilities and equipment on aviation capable ships.

Integrated Battlespace Simulation and Test

The Integrated Battlespace Simulation and Test division is the center of excellence and point-of-entry for modeling and simulation of Fleet battlespace environments to support the research, development, test, evaluation and training of aviation systems. The department operates a number of facilities providing both physical and simulated environments designed to place test articles in a realistic combat environment. From launch to recovery, every simulated phase and aspect of a mission is simulated enabling engineers to capture data necessary to assess the efficiency and capability of the subsystem under evaluation.

Naval Test Wing Atlantic

Naval Test Wing Atlantic (NTWL) is the most technically diverse air wing in naval aviation. Comprised of four test and evaluation squadrons, NTWL is the Fleet advocate supporting test and evaluation of the Navy's principal aviation systems ranging from unmanned to rotary and fixed-wing aircraft and subsystems.

Propulsion and Power

NAWCAD operates propulsion and power facilities that conduct testing of propulsion systems and the components of all naval aircraft systems in addition to systems of other services and research agencies.

Unmanned Aircraft Systems

NAWCAD is the center for full spectrum research, development, test and evaluation of Fleet UAS platforms from Group 1 through 5 including launch and recovery, control systems, data and communication links, mission sensor packages, airspace integration, weapon integration, interoperability and autonomy.

U.S. Naval Test Pilot School

The United States Naval Test Pilot School trains the world’s finest developmental test pilots, flight officers, engineers, industry and foreign partners in full spectrum test and evaluation of aircraft and aircraft systems.

Warfare Analysis

NAWCAD provides the resources supporting research and analyses aiding leadership in assessment of naval needs and operational requirements. Aviation analysis is conducted in support of early conceptual design and trade studies, requirements generation, acquisition decision making, general naval aviation related analysis and source selection.

NAWCAD's technology transfer office facilitates business partnerships for transfer of command developed technology to other government agencies, industry or academia.

Acquiring Technology and Services from NAWCAD

  • A Commercial Service Agreement allows industry to leverage NAWCAD’s extensive research, development, test and evaluation facilities not commercially available elsewhere.

  • A Cooperative Research and Development Agreement is between one or more federal and non-federal organizations by which both parties provide resources to conduct specific research or development efforts consistent with the agency's mission.

  • A Patent License Agreement enables industry to leverage patented government technology.

NAWCAD Patents and Technology

Selling Products and Services to NAWCAD

Long Range Acquisition Forecasting

NAVAIR's Long Range Acquisition Forecast (LRAF) creates a demand signal visible to industry.

NAVAIR Small Business site

Contact Us

For more information about the Technology Transfer Office, please email  [email protected] or call 301-342-1133.

NAWCAD's Educational Outreach Office (EEO) provides meaningful educational opportunities for students, especially in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). Through outreach activities, students become more knowledgeable about careers and the education needed to fill future positions with NAWCAD. Educational partnership agreements made between federal agencies and educational institutions provide support and services to public and private school students in the southern Maryland region.

The EOO provides volunteers from NAWCAD's pool of scientists, engineers and other professionals to support:

  • hands-on STEM activities,

  • lab days,

  • curriculum based field trips,

  • robotics programs,

  • science fairs,

  • guest speakers in the classroom,

  • summer camps and more.

Click here for list of student employment and internship opportunities at NAWCAD.

Contact Us

For more information about education outreach, please email [email protected] or call 301-757-6690.

Capabilities & Facilities

Aircraft Launch and Recovery

NAWCAD is responsible for design, development, evaluation, verification, fielding and in-service engineering support for the Navy's Aircraft Launch and Recovery system and aircraft, target and weapon support equipment.

Air Vehicle Engineering

NAWCAD scientists and engineers provide the technical excellence to support the maritime engineering needs related to technology development, system acquisition, and product support of all naval aviation air vehicle engineering.

Air vehicle engineering consists of the following functional areas: air vehicle engineering, aeromechanics, structures, materials engineering, subsystems, and aerial vehicle engineering science and technology. 

Air Vehicle Modification and Instrumentation

NAWCAD's air vehicle modification and instrumentation division provides the Navy expert capability in design, production, prototype support and instrumentation systems for all naval air vehicles and airborne weapon systems.

Atlantic Test Ranges

The Atlantic Test Ranges are instrumented test ranges providing full-service support for cradle-to-grave test and training for aircraft, aircrew and subsystems. The range features a telemetry center for real-time data transmission from up to ten separate in-flight aircraft to ground engineering personnel. The center manages over 2,700 square miles of restricted airspace including targets and airspace over the mid-Atlantic seaboard. Scheduling offshore warning areas, where support is typically provided, expands that area to over 50,000 square miles. Mobile range systems support tests across the country, aboard ships and around the world.

Avionics

NAWCAD provides in-service support of naval avionics systems, equipment and associated operating software.

Human Systems

NAWCAD performs the research, development, test and evaluation that optimizes the human within the total system, including systems across aviation support facilities and equipment on aviation capable ships.

Integrated Battlespace Simulation and Test

The Integrated Battlespace Simulation and Test division is the center of excellence and point-of-entry for modeling and simulation of Fleet battlespace environments to support the research, development, test, evaluation and training of aviation systems. The department operates a number of facilities providing both physical and simulated environments designed to place test articles in a realistic combat environment. From launch to recovery, every simulated phase and aspect of a mission is simulated enabling engineers to capture data necessary to assess the efficiency and capability of the subsystem under evaluation.

Naval Test Wing Atlantic

Naval Test Wing Atlantic (NTWL) is the most technically diverse air wing in naval aviation. Comprised of four test and evaluation squadrons, NTWL is the Fleet advocate supporting test and evaluation of the Navy's principal aviation systems ranging from unmanned to rotary and fixed-wing aircraft and subsystems.

Propulsion and Power

NAWCAD operates propulsion and power facilities that conduct testing of propulsion systems and the components of all naval aircraft systems in addition to systems of other services and research agencies.

Unmanned Aircraft Systems

NAWCAD is the center for full spectrum research, development, test and evaluation of Fleet UAS platforms from Group 1 through 5 including launch and recovery, control systems, data and communication links, mission sensor packages, airspace integration, weapon integration, interoperability and autonomy.

U.S. Naval Test Pilot School

The United States Naval Test Pilot School trains the world’s finest developmental test pilots, flight officers, engineers, industry and foreign partners in full spectrum test and evaluation of aircraft and aircraft systems.

Warfare Analysis

NAWCAD provides the resources supporting research and analyses aiding leadership in assessment of naval needs and operational requirements. Aviation analysis is conducted in support of early conceptual design and trade studies, requirements generation, acquisition decision making, general naval aviation related analysis and source selection.

Let's Do Business

NAWCAD's technology transfer office facilitates business partnerships for transfer of command developed technology to other government agencies, industry or academia.

Acquiring Technology and Services from NAWCAD

  • A Commercial Service Agreement allows industry to leverage NAWCAD’s extensive research, development, test and evaluation facilities not commercially available elsewhere.

  • A Cooperative Research and Development Agreement is between one or more federal and non-federal organizations by which both parties provide resources to conduct specific research or development efforts consistent with the agency's mission.

  • A Patent License Agreement enables industry to leverage patented government technology.

NAWCAD Patents and Technology

Selling Products and Services to NAWCAD

Long Range Acquisition Forecasting

NAVAIR's Long Range Acquisition Forecast (LRAF) creates a demand signal visible to industry.

NAVAIR Small Business site

Contact Us

For more information about the Technology Transfer Office, please email  [email protected] or call 301-342-1133.

Educational Outreach

NAWCAD's Educational Outreach Office (EEO) provides meaningful educational opportunities for students, especially in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). Through outreach activities, students become more knowledgeable about careers and the education needed to fill future positions with NAWCAD. Educational partnership agreements made between federal agencies and educational institutions provide support and services to public and private school students in the southern Maryland region.

The EOO provides volunteers from NAWCAD's pool of scientists, engineers and other professionals to support:

  • hands-on STEM activities,

  • lab days,

  • curriculum based field trips,

  • robotics programs,

  • science fairs,

  • guest speakers in the classroom,

  • summer camps and more.

Click here for list of student employment and internship opportunities at NAWCAD.

Contact Us

For more information about education outreach, please email [email protected] or call 301-757-6690.