As India commemorates the 21st anniversary of Kargil Vijay Diwas today, it is worth dwelling on the critical role of aluminium in bolstering India’s national security. Aluminium, popularly known as the ‘Metal of the Future’, finds critical usage in the military and defence industry as a key component in fighter aircrafts, battle tanks, frigates, ammunition, ground vehicles, armor plating, paneling, electrical systems, and many more.
When it comes to material selection, aluminium is a preferred choice because of its phenomenal properties like high strength-to-weight ratio, ability to alloy for myriad specialized applications, high tolerance for various climactic conditions, exceptional design flexibility, high fatigue strength, fracture toughness and corrosion resistance.
There is a burgeoning demand for quality aluminium alloys in the defence sector, in the form of sheets, forgings and extrusions. Military applications demand high-quality materials in precise specifications, for consistent performance, as national security is not a matter to be trifled with. Military equipment are not only supposed to protect one’s own country, but also keep our armed forces safe to the extent possible.
With significant advancements made in military applications world over, there is immense potential in India to build downstream capabilities for defence applications. Us and the Indian Aluminium Industry, are well-resourced to cater to current and emerging needs of the defence industry. After all, when it comes to protecting our people and our motherland, we are avowed to fulfill our responsibilities as the nation’s partner in progress.