In the aftermath of the 1971 war there was an intense realization of the need of self-reliance in the Defence production sector. Thus, in 1972 the “Defence Production Division” was created with the mandate to formulate policies and plans, coordinate production, procurement and development activities and to accelerate the pace of technological development with a view to achieve self-reliance through indigenization. In the back drop of its achievements in production and export the Division was elevated to the status of a Ministry designated as the “Ministry of Defence Production” in 2004.

In further recognition of its performance, the Ministry was assigned responsibilities of establishing new shipyards in the country from 2006 onwards and as such Karachi Shipyard and Engineering Works was placed under the Ministry of Defence Production.

The essential mission and function of the Ministry are to meet the requirements of the armed forces with a continuing effort to argument indigenization. Additionally, the Ministry is also providing services for LEAs and its role in exports has increased manifold. The Ministry through its allied establishments is a market leader in many fields and remains engaged in Research and Development with an inclusive approach and as such PPPs are a core component of the Ministry’s working.