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    The US Army’s Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) has awarded the lightweight metals company Alcoa a $50 million research contract to help develop the next generation ground combat vehicle, the company said in a press release on Thursday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Alcoa, best known as an aluminum producer, specializes in lightweight metals technology, engineering and manufacturing.

    “Alcoa’s lightweight solutions have improved troop protection while reducing vehicle weight and assembly time,” Alcoa Defense President Eric Roegner stated in the release. “We look forward to building on our successful track record to help develop the next generation combat vehicle.”

    A portion of the contract will be applied to increase the strength of welded joints, which are typically the weakest points in a vehicle, as well as reduce corrosion of those welded joints, the release explained.

    The contract also includes research on aluminum forming technology, armor development, material fabrication, energy conservation and anti-corrosion technology, according to the release.

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