Defense Science and Technology Organization (DESTO)
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OTHER NAME: N/A
LOCATION: Chaklala Cantt, Rawalpindi
SUBORDINATE TO: Defense Production Division, Ministry of Defense
FACILITY STATUS: Operational
The Pakistan Ministry of Defense Production conducts the bulk of its research and development at the Defense Science and Technology Organization (DESTO). The DESTO pursues scientific and technical research and development on weapons systems over a variety of disciplines, including aerodynamics, propulsion and propellants, and avionics.
After Pakistan’s 1998 nuclear tests, the Clinton Administration sanctioned DESTO for involvement in Pakistan's nuclear and missile programs. However, the details of its alleged contributions to Pakistan's ballistic missile programs remain classified. President George W. Bush waived the sanctions on DESTO in 2001 to facilitate post-September 11 cooperation with Pakistan.