PT. PINDAD is an Indonesian government owned manufacturing industry specializing in military and commercial products. Its activities cover design, development, engineering and fabrication as well as maintenance.
Founded in 1808 as a military equipment workshop in Surabaya under the name of Artillerie Constructie Winkel (ACW), this workshop expanded into a factory and after it had undergone same name change, it moved to Bandung in 1923.
The Dutch handed over the factory to IndonesianGovernment on April 29, 1950. Then the factory was officially named Pabrik Senjata dan Munisi (PSM) (English: weapon and ammunitionfactory) and located in where PT. PINDAD lies now. Since then PT. PINDAD had change into an industry of military tools and equipment under the management of TNI (Indonesian Army). PT. PINDAD changed its status into a state owned company called PT. PINDAD (Persero) on April 29, 1983. The agency change into PT. Pakarya Industri (Persero) and then changed again into PT. Bahana Pakarya Industri Strategis (Persero).
In the year 2002, the status of PT. PINDAD (Persero) was again changed by the government, and since then the company is under the Ministry of State Enterprises.
Over the years, Pindad has received visitors from delegations sent by Bangladesh, Brunei and Germany.
Pindad has received awards, recently being awarded to president Budi Santoso by Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono due to the creation of the Pindad SS1 & Pindad SS2 rifles that enabled the Indonesian Army to win at the recent Asean Army Rifle Meet XVI contest in 2006.