For today’s missions, military aircraft need to be lighter, stronger, and faster than ever, while capable of carrying heavier payloads. Their design and development require the best materials available. Aluminium is ideal because it is lightweight, strong, and corrosion resistant.
Drawing on decades of expertise in the field and on our unique portfolio of proprietary alloys, Constellium works hand in hand with manufacturers to solve their challenges on material choices.
With our portfolio of proprietary alloys (including low density alloys) and our collaborative approach, Constellium is the perfect partner for the world’s military aircraft makers.
We supply advanced alloys as the best solution for each individual aircraft component. These include our new 7140 plate, which offers greater strength, lower density and maintenance, and improved corrosion resistance for many applications.
Defense aircraft programs
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 materials solutions.
In the US market, we are proud to count Lockheed Martin, BAE Systems, Boeing Defense, Space and Security, General Dynamics, and Northrop Grumman among our customers.
In Europe, Airbus Group, BAE Systems, Dassault Aviation, and GKN are among the many defense contractors who trust our materials to help produce superior military aircraft.
Our materials are found in state-of-the-art fighters such as the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. To make this Lockheed Martin fighter jet stronger and lighter, its designers chose our 7050 and innovative 7140 alloys, which offer greater corrosion resistance. Many in-service aircraft, such as the Boeing F-18, also rely on our alloys.
At the same time, our improved materials are 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 with our Airware® 2297 and 2098 alloys.
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.