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October 12, 2011

Alcoa Defense To Supply ArmX Aluminum Armor Kits To Oshkosh For HEMTT

WASHINGTON--Alcoa announced today that it will supply ArmX aluminum armor kits to Oshkosh Defense for the Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck (HEMTT) A4. The c-kit armor provides blast protection for the underside of the vehicle. The announcement was made today at the AUSA show in Washington, DC.

“We are excited about partnering with Oshkosh to provide kitted ArmX assemblies, which provide excellent blast protection against improvised explosive device (IED) threats,” said Alcoa Defense President David Dobson. “We offer the complete value proposition of latest products and program management to provide highly engineered subassemblies to our OEM partners if they desire.”

Alcoa provides all elements of R&D through design and fulfillment to allow for unique solutions to move to market quickly. “Though these assemblies are complex, through our knowledgeable program management, we are meeting our customers’ lead times at 100 percent delivery performance,” says Victor Marquez, General Manager of Alcoa Transportation Products, where the kits are fabricated.

ArmX armor plate was formed with special practices to fit the HEMTT’s c-kit blast shield. Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) can purchase ArmX forgings or plate, or they can acquire complete ArmX subassemblies that can easily be integrated into their vehicles.

“We made Oshkosh’s design concept for their HEMTT blast shield a reality by producing the 14 subassembly components,” said Dobson. “Our aluminum manufacturing expertise allowed us to take two-inch thick ArmX plate, which is made from the ballistic temper of alloy 7085, and form it into complex shapes. Alcoa’s unique capabilities in bending thick plate while maintaining its strength is unmatched by other manufacturers.”

About Alcoa Defense

Alcoa Defense partners with industry leaders to design systems and materials that increase the speed, reach, agility and survivability of military platforms. In addition to delivering lightweight, innovative solutions in multiple product forms, Alcoa Defense manufactures subassemblies, prototypes and complete aluminum structures that original equipment manufacturers can integrate into their platforms for land, air and sea. More information can be found at AlcoaDefense.com.

About Alcoa

Alcoa is the world’s leading producer of primary and fabricated aluminum, as well as the world’s largest miner of bauxite and refiner of alumina. In addition to inventing the modern-day aluminum industry, Alcoa innovation has been behind major milestones in the aerospace, automotive, packaging, building and construction, commercial transportation, consumer electronics and industrial markets over the past 120 years. Among the solutions Alcoa markets are flat-rolled products, hard alloy extrusions, and forgings, as well as Alcoa® wheels, fastening systems, precision and investment castings, and building systems in addition to its expertise in other light metals such as titanium and nickel-based super alloys. Sustainability is an integral part of Alcoa’s operating practices and the product design and engineering it provides to customers. Alcoa has been a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for 10 consecutive years and approximately 75 percent of all of the aluminum ever produced since 1888 is still in active use today. Alcoa employs approximately 59,000 people in 31 countries across the world. More information can be found at www.alcoa.com.