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Constellium wins defense manufacturing award

December 14, 2017 - Constellium N.V., Amsterdam, has won the 2017 Defense Manufacturing Technology Achievement Award in the category of Enhancing Military Capability, for its contributions as part of the U.S. Army’s Affordable Protection from Objective Threats (APOT) ManTech program.

This award recognizes individuals from government and the private sector whose ManTech projects result in system enhancements to improve military performance.

Dr. Bryan Cheeseman, team leader for the U.S. Army Research Laboratory’s Material Manufacturing and Technology Branch, nominated Constellium for its industrial-scale processing of aluminum armor plate for forming single-piece combat vehicle hulls.

A collaborative team consisting of BAE Systems Land & Armaments, the Army and Constellium developed, fabricated and demonstrated enhanced hull solutions applicable to tracked combat vehicles (military tanks).

The Constellium defense team was tasked to come up with a large formed-hull solution, increasing the underbelly protection for the warfighter. The hull plates, produced at Constellium’s plant in Ravenswood, West Virginia, were live fire-tested with excellent results. The results were used by U.S. Army experts to generate requirements for future Army combat vehicles.

“The hull passed all objective threats and demonstrated capability allowing for the U.S. military to increase the hull requirements for all tracked vehicles moving forward,” said Ken Blake, Constellium’s director of business development for Transportation and Industry. Greater protection in armored vehicles is expected to reduce injuries and fatalities on the battlefield.

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