DAVENPORT, Iowa--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
Alcoa (NYSE: AA) today announced its latest armor product is now
specified for use by the U.S. Army Research Lab (ARL) for use in U.S.
military vehicles. Alcoa’s ArmX® 5456-H151 armor plate meets
the U.S. military’s highest performance standards for strength, blast
absorption, and ballistics resistance for armored combat vehicles where
weldability is a material requirement. Alcoa aluminum and armor have
been used by the military for decades in vehicles ranging from the
Bradley Fighting Vehicle to the Humvee.
Alcoa's newest armor alloy -- Alcoa's ArmX(R) 5456-H151 armor -- is now specified for use by the U.S. Army Research Lab (ARL) for use in U.S. military vehicles. Alcoa's ArmX 5456-H151 armor was demonstrated on the U.S. Army's Fuel Efficient Ground Vehicle Demonstrator (FED ALPHA), shown here. (Photo: Business Wire)
“Alcoa’s military-grade aluminum alloys and products have helped the
U.S. military protect troops for generations,” said Mark Vrablec,
President of Global Aerospace, Transportation and Industrial Rolled
Products at Alcoa. “Alcoa’s latest innovation allows military vehicle
manufacturers to continue building with the highest level of durability
and troop protection through welding processes when assembling the
vehicle, or performing repairs in the field.
“This new product offers more than 20 percent improvement in strength
compared with the baseline 5083-H131 weldable armor plate, as well as
improved ballistic and blast performance,” added Vrablec.
Alcoa’s 5456-H151 armor plate, formerly referred to as CR56, joins the
family of Alcoa next-generation ArmX® brand armor solutions (click
here for more). Alcoa’s ArmX® 5456-H151 armor plate was
developed by scientists at the Alcoa Technical Center, the world’s
largest light metals innovation and R&D center located outside
Pittsburgh, Pa., in collaboration with metallurgists and production
engineers at Alcoa Davenport Works, the world’s premier aerospace,
defense, and automotive rolling mill. ArmX® 5456-H151 armor
plate will be produced at Alcoa Davenport Works, where manufacturing and
quality control testing is conducted to ensure the military’s highest
specifications for weldable aluminum armor plate are met.