Today Alcoa announced that their ArmX® 5456-H151 armor plate meets military standards and can used in the production of military vehicles. The product was developed by scientists at the Alcoa Technical Center located near Pittsburgh in New Kensington, Pennsylvania, and it provides a 20 percent improvement in strength and improved ballistic and blast performance.
“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."
Alcoa’s armor product was tested on the U.S. Army’s Fuel Efficient Ground Vehicle Demonstrator vehicle, known as FED ALPHA which Alcoa assisted in developing. FED ALPHA’s aluminum structure is lighter and uses less fuel compared to other steel sized vehicles. The FED ALPHA was showcased on the Jay Leno show in March 2013 in an interview with Army General Dennis Via, and Leno drove the vehicle through streets of Los Angeles. The FED being driven through the streets of Los Angeles can be seen on jaylenosgarage.com
Alcoa Inc (NYSE:AA) is entering the fourth quarter with an average closing stock price of 8.34 while it averaged a closing stock price last year of 9.14. The stock is maintaining peak performance in the first and second quarter from year to year comparison. Alcoa has four business segments alumina, primary metals, flat-rolled products, and engineered products and solutions, and it operates in 10 markets across 31 countries.
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