About the Weapons Division

About The Weapons Division


The Naval Air Warfare Center, Weapons Division (NAWCWD) is an organization within the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), dedicated to maintaining a center of excellence in weapons development for the Department of the Navy (DoN). NAWCWD has two locations in sunny Southern California; China Lake hosting the land test range and Point Mugu hosting the sea test range.

China Lake

Nestled in the quiet Indian Wells Valley at the south eastern foot of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in California, China Lake is the premier land range and weapons development laboratory for the Department of the Navy (DoN). Roughly two and a half hours north of Los Angeles, China Lake is within easy driving distance of Southern California's most beautiful country.
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Point Mugu

Bordered by the Pacific Ocean and some of the most bountiful agricultural land in Southern California, Point Mugu hosts one of the Department of the Navy's (DoN) premier sea ranges which includes San Nicolas Island. Located on the Pacific Coast Highway in Ventura county, Point Mugu is within easy reach of costal communities such as Santa Monica to the south and Santa Barbra to the north. Show More...





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