U.S. Army and Missile Defense Agency to develop novel high-strength, magnesium alloys (US)

These new alloys, with further development, show tremendous potential to save 30% or more in structural weight by replacing cast and wrought 2000, 6000, and 7000 series aluminum alloys in transportation, space, and defense applications. Replacing steel with aluminum can lead to an ~40% weight savings and using magnesium alloys instead of aluminum can lead to a further weight reduction of ~30%.

Ohio—Terves LLC. (“Terves”) is pleased to announce that it was selected by the U.S. Army and Missile Defense Agency to continue development of novel high-strength, non-flammable, nanostructured magnesium alloys for light-weighting applications. Terves received the Department of Defense (“DoD”) SBIR (Small Business Innovative Research) support to enhance its patent-pending cast and wrought Magnesium alloys derivedContinue reading

Materion Testifies on Stategic Materials Committee at the United States Senate (US)

Materion’s Greg Gregory testifies before U.S. Senate’s Committee on Energy & Natural Resources

MAYFIELD HEIGHTS, Ohio–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jul 18, 2018–Materion Corporation (NYSE:MTRN) yesterday testified before the Committee on Energy & Natural Resources of the United States Senate about the importance of critical minerals to the U.S. military and the U.S. economy. Responding to an invitation from Chairman Murkowski of Alaska, Materion Natural Resources President Greg Gregory testified to the need for a whole-of-government approach to critical minerals.   “We appreciate the opportunity that Chairman Murkowski offered us to explainContinue reading

U.S. Commerce launches national security probe into uranium imports (US)


U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said on Wednesday that he has launched a new national security investigation into uranium imports that could lead to tariffs or quotas to limit them.

WASHINGTON (AFP) –  The United States on Wednesday began investigating whether uranium imports threaten national security, launching a process that could see yet more tariffs imposed on exports from allied countries. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced the probe would cover the entire uranium sector, including mining and enrichment, and both defense and industrial uses. “Our production of uranium necessary for military and electric power has dropped from 49 percent of our consumption to five percent,” Ross said in a statement.  He pledged a thorough, fair and transparent investigation of the matter. Ross formally notified Defense Secretary JimContinue reading

Russia Next Generation Attack Submarine will use Titanium (US)

The submarine’s noise absorbing rubberized coating will be replaced with a multiple layer of composite materials. Made from those will be hulk coatings, nose and aft rudders, stabilizers, superstructure enclosure, propellers, and shaft lines. The use of titanium alloys is also very likely, testifying to which is the possible diving depth of the submarine (up to 1 km) and its service life.

On May 22, 2018, Aleksey Rakhmanov, the head of the USC, said in an interview to Izvestia about completion of the conceptual stage in designing the fifth-generation submarine. For obvious reasons the military does not reveal details, but by now sufficient information is already available for defining the boat’s general concept. First off, it will be built based on the modular system. The Russian Navy will get a basic underwater platform with a nuclear reactor and a propulsive system, defense equipment and command post. Provisions are made in the central part of the boat for placing various modules.  Depending on filling with them, the boat can be converted to a strategic missileContinue reading

Superior Forge and Finkl & Sons Win $897 Million U.S. Defense for the production of bunker buster bomb warhead bodies (US)

The contracts guarantee production of 300 bodies each in the firstyear, and up to 3,500 bodies each in the subsequent four years. Work under both contracts is expected to be completed by May 3, 2020. 

The U.S. Air Force awarded two contracts for the production of bunker buster bomb warhead bodies for up to $897 million, a U.S. Department of Defense release said. Superior Forge and Steel Corp., Lima, Ohio, was awarded up to $476,935,075 and A. Finkl & Sons Co., Chicago, was awarded up to $419,633,500 for BLU-137/B penetrator warheadContinue reading

Apollo Minerals Receives French Government Approval to Obtain 100% Ownership of Tungsten Couflens Project (US)

The miner said the approval allowed it to purchase the remaining 20% interest in the project it does not already own, having acquired an 80% interest in the project in 2017. Apollo Minerals Limited (ASX:AON) has received approval from the French Ministry of Economy and Finance to gain 100% ownership of the Couflens tungsten-copper-gold project in the Pyrenees. The miner said the approval allowed it to purchase the remaining 20% interest in the project it does not already own, having acquired an 80% interest in the project in 2017.The group added that it wouldContinue reading

US firm Lockheed Martin will transfer titanium tech. and new patriot missiles to Taiwan (US)

Lockheed Martin’s Missiles and Fire Control department will transfer technology and training for Taiwan’s defense industry to produce its own aerospace and military grade titanium.

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Ministry of National Defense (MND), on Friday, June 15 announced that the Unites States had agreed to transfer new military technologies to Taiwan to bolster the country’s domestic defense industry.According to reports, Lockheed Martin’s Missiles and Fire Control department will transfer technology and training for Taiwan’s defense industry to produce its own aerospace and military grade titanium, as part of a deal that will also include six sets of Patriot Advanced Capability – 3 (PAC-3) missiles and upgrade kits for PAC-2 missiles. The titanium production technology will allow Taiwan to bolster its armoring capabilities as well asContinue reading

Thor Mining welcomes inclusion of tungsten on US critical minerals list (US)

Exploration and development company Thor Mining welcomed the inclusion of tungsten on the US department of the interior’s list of critical minerals. Tungsten had been under consideration for the list for months and its inclusion is important for Thor as the resource is the primary resource material at the AIM traded firm’s wholly-owned Pilot Mountain project in Nevada, which also contains copper and silver. Mick Billing, chairman of Thor Mining, said: “With Pilot Mountain situated in the State of Nevada, a longstanding miningContinue reading

Putin wins powers to impose tit-for-tat sanctions on west (US)

Moscow had threatened to stop titanium exports to the US — a move that would hurt aerospace company Boeing, which buys about 35 per cent of its titanium from Russia’s VSMPO-Avisma — and ban imports of drugs, alcohol and tobacco. Those measures did not survive in the final version of the bill passed on Tuesday. Instead, the legislation gives Mr Putin the power to choose which sectors and products will be affected and allows the Kremlin to “ban or suspend co-operation with a hostile state”. (Credit Photo @ VSMPO)

Kremlin bill allows selected US targets but highlights Moscow’s limited options

Russia’s parliament has passed a sweeping bill that gives the Kremlin the power to ban selected exports to the US and curb imports from western countries, as Moscow seeks to hit back against US sanctions imposed on oligarchs and leading companies last month. The legislation, the latest in a series of tit-for-tat moves introduced by Moscow and western Continue reading

US Secretary Zinke Signs Order to Begin Process of Creating First Ever National Survey of Critical Minerals (US)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, following President Donald J. Trump’s executive order to break America’s dependence on foreign minerals, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke signed a secretarial order directing the initial steps to producing the first nationwide geological and topographical survey of the United States in modern history. The order also directs Interior bureaus to begin work on identifying immediate domestic sources for critical minerals. “Right now the United States is almost completely reliant on foreign adversaries and competitors for many of the minerals that are deemed critical for our national and economic security. As both a former militaryContinue reading