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Military aircraft

Military aircraft

Constellium products are helping military aircraft become lighter and stronger.

Reliable and innovative structural materials

To be mission-capable, military aircraft must be made from the best materials available. Lightweight and strong, aluminium parts enable aircraft to fly faster, with increased agility and heavier payloads. Aluminium’s corrosion-resistant properties ensure that aircraft are available to fulfill military missions when needed.

With our portfolio of proprietary alloys (including those with low density) and our commitment to finding collaborative materials solutions, Constellium is the perfect partner for the world’s military aircraft makers.

Aircraft programs

Our materials are being used on the most state-of-the-art fighters, such as the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. This Lockheed Martin aircraft uses advanced materials to achieve the program’s objectives. To make the aircraft stronger and lighter, its designers chose our innovative 7050 and 7140 alloys, which also offer greater corrosion resistance. Many in-service aircraft also rely on our alloys - the Boeing F-18, for example.

Our improved materials are also extending the life of existing aircraft. On the Lockheed Martin F-16, close collaboration with the manufacturer has led to replacement of legacy materials in the bulkheads, skins and other key structural components of the aircraft with our AIRWARE® 2297 and 2098 alloys.

Meanwhile, our technology is also critical to transport aircraft. Boeing’s C-17 Globemaster makes extensive use of Constellium alloys, including in bulkheads and large components.

High-profile customers

Dassault Rafale - © Dassault Aviation - V.Almansa

Many of the world’s leading defense contractors and Tier One suppliers benefit from our willingness to share our research and collaborate closely to deliver the best material solutions.

In the US market, we are proud to count BAE Systems, Bell Boeing, General Dynamics, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman among our customers.

In Europe, BAE Systems, EADS, Dassault and GKN are among the many defense contractors who trust our materials to help them deliver superior military aircraft.

Key-fact

Constellium materials are being used on the latest fighters, such as the F‑35 Joint Strike Fighter.

Last update 26 May 2015 Back to top