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Pakistan ordnance factories

force behind the forces


Pakistan Ordnance Factories is the largest defence industrial complex under the Ministry of Defence Production, producing conventional arms & ammo to international standards. POF Board headquarter is at Wah Cantt. Presently POF comprises of 14 ordnance factories and three commercial subsidiaries. Pakistan Ordnance Factories also specialize in the manufacture of commerical explosive, hunting ammunition and posses extensive facilities for the manufacture of brass, copper and aluminum ingots, extrusions and sections for non-military applications. A garments factory, which has the state of the art cloth cutting facilities and most modern stitching units, manufactures military uniforms and can also cater for the needs of the civil sector..


Mission of Pakistan Ordnance Factories is:-
To meet the requirements of arms and ammo of defence forces during peace and war time.

To utilize surplus capacity for commercial and export purposes.

To manage and administer factory affairs and run them on sound commercial lines.


After the emergence of Islam in the subcontinent in 712 A.D, when Muhammad Bin Qasim(an Arab General) made an entry to this strategically important region of South Asia, the Muslims ruled India for almost one thousand years. The decline of Mughal Empire, however, created a vacuum, which was immediately exploited by the British East India Company resulting in British rule of the subcontinent for nearly one hundred years. During their colonial rule, the British raised sixteen ordnance factories prior to Second World War to thwart strategic threats posed to their occupation. At the time of creation of Pakistan in 1947, all those sixteen factories fell to Indian share since no one of them were located in Muslim majority areas. Newly created Pakistan with fragile state apparatus and fragmented Armed Forces, had absolutely no arms & ammunition manufacturing facility to meet the security challenges to its sovereignty.



Our factories

POF consists of 14 factories and 14 Commercial Divisions

Defence Division
 Weapons Factory  Propellants Factory
 Machine Gun Factory  Explosive Factory
 Small Arms & Ammo Factory  Filling Factory
 Medium Artillery Ammo Factory  Brass Mills
 Heavy Artillery Ammo Factory  Tungsten Alloy Factory
 Tank & Anti Tank Ammo Factory  Carbide Factory
 Bombs & Grenade Factory  Clothing Factory
Commercial Division
 Wah Industries Ltd.  Wah Brass Mill
 Wah Nobel Acetates Ltd.  Welfare Packages Factory
 Wah Nobel Chemicals Ltd.  Wah Nobel Detonators Ltd.
 Wah Nobel  Hi-Tech Plastic (Pvt.) Ltd.
 Shot Gun Ammunition Factory  Packaging Factory
 Wah Gezhouba  Wah Construction Ltd.