Naval Air Systems Command

The Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) provides material support for aircraft and airborne weapon systems for the United States Navy. It is one of the various Navy systems commands, and was established in 1966 as the successor to the Navy's Bureau of Naval Weapons.

NAVAIR is headquartered in Naval Air Station Patuxent River in St. Mary's County, Maryland, with military and civilian personnel stationed at eight locations across the continental United States and one site overseas. The current commander as of 31 May 2018 is Vice Admiral G. Dean Peters.[1] The vice commander is Rear Admiral (Lower Half) (Sel) John S. Lemmon.[2] The deputy commander, or senior civilian service member, is Mr. Garry R. Newton.[3]

NAVAIR's mission is to provide full life-cycle support of naval aviation aircraft, weapons and systems operated by Sailors and Marines. This support includes research, design, development and systems engineering, acquisition, test and evaluation, training facilities and equipment, repair and modification, and in-service engineering and logistics support.

NAVAIR is organized into eight "competencies" or communities of practice namely: program management, contracts, research and engineering, test and evaluation, logistics and industrial operations, corporate operations, comptroller and counsel.

The competency alignment of the organization is changing to "mission alignment." [4]

NAVAIR provides support (through people, processes, tools, training, mission facilities, and core technologies) to Naval Aviation Program Executive Officers (PEOs) and their assigned program managers, who are responsible for meeting the cost, schedule, and performance requirements of their assigned programs.

Program Executive Offices (PEO)

The Naval Air Systems Command is organizationally aligned to the Chief of Naval Operations. As part of its mission, NAVAIR provides support, manpower, resources, and facilities to its aligned Program Executive Offices (PEO's). The Program Executive Offices are responsible for the execution of major defense acquisition programs. The PEO's are organizationally aligned to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition (ASN(RDA)). The Naval Aviation PEO's are co-located with the Naval Air Systems Command, and operate under NAVAIR policies and procedures. Other PEO's, such as the Office of the Secretary of Defense's direct reporting Program Executive Office, Joint Strike Fighter (PEO(JSF)) also obtain support, manpower, laboratories and facilities from NAVAIR.

Naval Aviation PEOs are:

Program Executive Officer, Tactical Programs (PEO(T))

The following Program Offices are responsible to PEO(T):

  • PMA-213: Naval Air Traffic Management Systems Program
  • PMA-231: E-2/C-2 Airborne Command and Control Systems Program
  • PMA-234: Airborne Electronic Attack Program
  • PMA-251: Aircraft Launch and Recovery Equipment Program
  • PMA-257: AV-8B V/STOL Attack Program
  • PMA-259: Air-To-Air Missiles Program
  • PMA-265: F/A-18 and EA-18G Program
  • PMA-272: Advanced Tactical Aircraft Protection Systems Program
  • PMA-273: Naval Undergraduate Flight Training Systems Program

Program Executive Officer, Assault and ASW Programs (PEO(A))

The following Program Offices are responsible to PEO(A):

  • PMA-207: Tactical Airlift Program Systems Program
  • PMA-261: H-53 Helicopter Program
  • PMA-264: Air Anti-Submarine Warfare Systems Program
  • PMA-271: Airborne Strategic Command, Control and Communications Program
  • PMA-274: Presidential Helicopters Program
  • PMA-275: V-22 Joint Program
  • PMA-276: H1 Program
  • PMA-290: Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft (MPRA) Program
  • PMA-299: H-60 Multi-mission Helicopter Program

Program Executive Officer, Unmanned Aviation and Strike Weapons (PEO(U&W))

The following Program Offices are responsible to PEO(U&W):

  • PMA-201: Precision Strike Weapons Program
  • PMA-208: Aerial Targets Program
  • PMA-242: Direct and Time Sensitive Strike Program
  • PMA-262: Persistent Maritime Unmanned Aircraft Systems Program
  • PMA-263: Small Tactical Unmanned Aircraft Systems Program
  • PMA-266: Multi-Mission Tactical Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Program
  • PMA-268: Unmanned Carrier Aviation Program
  • PMA-280: Tomahawk Weapons System Program
  • PMA-281: Strike Planning and Execution Systems Program

NAVAIR is part of the Naval Aviation Enterprise triad model currently headed by the Commander, Naval Air Forces (CNAF) and supported by the OPNAV Director, Naval Air Warfare.

See also Naval Air Warfare Center.

NAWCAD is the center for Aircraft Systems Development and Testing. The following two locations makeup NAWCAD:

NAWC-TSD is the center for development of simulation-based training systems. NAWC-TSD is currently located in Orlando, FL.

NAWCWD is the center for Weapons Systems and Energetics Development and Testing. The following two locations makeup NAWCWD:

Fleet Readiness Centers (FRC)

Fleet Readiness Centers are support activities that provide shore-based and depot level maintenance and support to the Navy's aviation effort. They are directed under the office of Commander, Fleet Readiness Centers (COMFRC).

Below are the following Fleet Readiness Centers:

See also

Comparable organizations

Air Force Materiel Command

United States Army Materiel Command

U.S. Navy


  1. Commander, Naval Air Systems Command, Vice Adm. David A. Dunaway. Retrieved 26 November 2012.
  2. Vice Commander, Naval Air Systems Command, Rear Adm. Kirby D. Miller. Retrieved 26 November 2012.
  3. Deputy Commander, Naval Air Systems Command, Mr. Kalman I. Leikach. Retrieved 26 November 2012.
  4. NAVAIR Commander's Update: Expectations for 2019, retrieved 25 September 2019
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