Located at Patuxent River, Maryland; Lakehurst, New Jersey; and Orlando, Florida; these facilities support research, development, test, evaluation, engineering and fleet support of Navy and Marine Corps air vehicle systems and trainers. The Naval Air Warfare Center - Aircraft Division (NAWC-AD) is the steward of the ranges, test facilities, laboratories, and aircraft necessary to support the Fleet's acquisition requirements. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division provides a variety of services to the Department of Defense, other Federal agencies as well as non-Federal customers.
The NAWCAD is one of two product centers within the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR). NAVAIR, working with industry, delivers high quality, affordable products and support to the operating forces. 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 other equipment related to Navy and Marine Corps air power. NAVAIR provides total life cycle support of all naval aviation weapon systems including research, design, development, and engineering; acquisition; test and evaluation; training facilities and equipment; repair and modification; and in-service engineering and logistics support. As one of the three principal stakeholders in the Naval Aviation Enterprise (NAE), NAVAIR is responsible for development, acquisition, and life-cycle management for aviation systems.
This view supports the NAWC-AD laboratories located at Patuxent River and Lakehurst dedicated to Aircraft Research, Development, Test and Evaluation of a wide variety of aerial vehicles. The view loosely correlates to the NAWC-AD organizational structure with the exception of the functional area training devices found at the Training Systems Division (TSD) in Orlando, Florida.