Constellium armour for US Army's CVP
Constellium has received a contract from the US Army's Tank Automotive Research Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) to supply its KEIKOR 2139 blast-protective alloy, the company announced on 28 September.
The blast protection solution will be used for the the integrated hull capsule of the Combat Vehicle Prototype (CVP).
Constellium's KEIKOR 2139 is an aluminium alloy with a specific blast temper specifically designed to resist blast events. According to the company it has demonstrated an improvement of 55% over standard alloy in terms of permanent deflection.
Erik Polsen, TARDEC's chief engineer for CVP survivability, said: 'Constellium's KEIKOR 2139 aluminium alloy met the necessary performance properties and characterised manufacturing process for the performance and packaging requirements that we were looking for in our hull structure.
'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.'
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