Constellium Inks Contract to Supply Aluminium Alloy to US Army R&D Program

Constellium Inks Contract to Supply Aluminium Alloy to US Army R&D Program
The Fuel Efficient ground vehicle Demonstrator (FED) Bravo vehicle, designed by TARDEC and industry partner ASRC Primus. Source: Wikimedia

Dutch aluminium products firm Constellium N.V. announced yesterday that it has secured a deal with the United States Army Tank Automotive Research Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) to supply material for the center’s Combat Vehicle Prototype (CVP) platform.

Per the agreement, Constellium will provide its proprietary aluminium alloy, which is to be used for the vehicle’s entire CVP integrated hull capsule. The proprietary alloy was used previously for the US Army’s Concept for Advanced Military Explosion-mitigating Land (CAMEL) mine-resistant, ambush-protected (MRAP) vehicle.

“We are proud to see KEIKOR® 2139, our leading solution for integral hull applications, selected over several other considered materials,” said Constellium’s Vice President of Sales Transportation, Industry and Defense David Meacham. “Thanks to a tireless focus on research and innovation, and a strong investment program over the past five years, we have developed the broadest global offering of specialized aluminium alloys for armor applications.”

“Constellium’s KEIKOR® 2139 aluminium alloy met the necessary performance properties and characterized manufacturing process for the performance and packaging requirements that we were looking for in our hull structure,” said TARDEC’s chief engineer for CVP survivability Dr. Erik Polsen. “What’s more, once we selected the material, we were able to work with Constellium closely to begin the alloy processing quickly, and they were able to cut the originally-quoted delivery time by more than half.”

Constellium says its plant at Ravenswood, West Virginia will produce the materials for the contract in question.

TARDEC is located in Warren, Michigan, and is the United States military’s research and development facility for advanced ground-based systems, sharing facilities with U.S. Army TACOM Life Cycle Management Command (TACOM LCMC). It is part of the Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM), a major subordinate command of the United States Army Materiel Command.

Constellium, based in Amsterdam, was founded in 2011 when Anglo-Australian mining giant Rio Tinto sold Alcan Engineered Products to Apollo Management (51%) and FSI (10%). The firm produces rolled and extruded aluminium products from various alloys. The firm brought in €3.7 billion of revenue in 2014.