Aluminum is the most durable metal in the world and has been used by militaries across the world for decades. OEMS understand aluminum's durability and are using military grade aluminum to increase durability while simultaneously improving fuel efficiency.
- Aluminum is long lasting and corrosion resistant, increasing a vehicle's lifespan and reducing rust repair.
- Aluminum components are strong enough to handle a broad spectrum of applications, from consumer to military.
- Aluminum components provide more structural stiffness than those they replace, yet are 50 percent lighter.
- Most aluminum alloys are engineered for extended service life.
Blast Shield Before
Blast Shield After
An example of the durability of aluminum is found in the use of aluminum in military vehicles to protect troops and increase fuel efficiency. Pictured here are before and after images of Alcoa aluminum blast shields that are placed under a military vehicle. In addition to its light weight, aluminum helps absorb energy and protects troops during blasts.
Video: U.S. Army General Paul J. Kern on the Durability of Aluminum in Military Vehicles
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The military has known for decades about the durability and performance of aluminum, where its use continues to grow, helping to protect our troops and increase fuel efficiency in some of the most demanding environments in the world. (VIDEO)