Pakistan Defence Industries
The defence industry of Pakistan, under the Ministry of Defence Production, was created in September 1951 to promote and coordinate the patchwork of military production facilities that have developed since independence.
During the colonial rule, sixteen ordnance factories were established in the sub-continent. After the creation of Pakistan in 1947, all those sixteen factories fell to Indian share since none of them was located in the areas forming Pakistan. Thus, newly-created Pakistan emerged with a fragile state apparatus and rudimentary Armed Forces with no infrastructure for arms, equipment or ammunition manufacturing facility, to meet the security challenges. Defence Production activities in Pakistan started in 1951 with the establishment of Pakistan Ordnance Factories (POF) at Wah, with the co-operation of British Royal Ordnance.
With the passage of time, development in technology and resources, the defence and aviation industry infrastructure has grown to an extent where the Public and Private organizations can meet the requirement of Pakistan Defence Forces very efficiently. Today, there are over 20 major Public Sector Organizations and over 100 Private Sector firms engaged in the manufacturing of defence related products, which are internationally recognized for quality, reliability and competitive prices. The Private firms have achieved an accelerated development in the manufacturing capabilities, facilities and capacities to augment Public Sector for indigenous production, using the latest technological tools. Both, the Public and Private firms, are abreast of the need and meeting the landmarks with full zeal and enthusiasm.