Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division

Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division is an organization within Naval Air Systems Command dedicated to maintaining a center of excellence in weapons development for the Department of the Navy. NAWCWD primarily operates in two Southern California locations: China Lake and Point Mugu.     

NAWCWD boasts a variety of state-of-the-art and one-of-a-kind laboratories and facilities that enable us to deliver unparalleled weapons research, development, acquisition, test, and evaluation for our nation's warfighters, and we offer 24/7 warfighter support to ensure the on-the-ground service member has the support they need to defend our nation at home and at sea.

China Lake

NAWCWD operates more than 1.1 million acres of land ranges and multiple weapons development laboratories for the Department of the Navy at Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake, located 150 miles north of Los Angeles.  

Point Mugu

NAWCWD serves as the Department of the Navy's Electronic Warfare Technical Center. We operate the Point Mugu Sea Range, which includes 36,000 square miles of instrumented sea and air space and encompasses San Nicolas Island. Our facilities are located at Naval Base Ventura County, which is located approximately 60 miles west of downtown Los Angeles.


1 Admin Circle
China Lake, CA 93555
United States


Renee Hatcher