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Military flares and pyrotechnics

Magnesium Elektron leads the world in the production of bespoke powders for military flares and other pyrotechnic devices. Our ultrafine powders are the main constituent of infrared countermeasure (IRCM) decoy flares used to protect aircraft from heat-seeking missile attack. When deployed, flares mimic heat signatures of engines. With the increased use of shoulder-launched weapons, these countermeasure systems have become even more critical to survival of aircraft in combat zones.

For more than 70 years, Magnesium Elektron Powders has been a reliable supplier of magnesium-based powders for military applications. The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) has designated the company’s Reade Manufacturing and Hart Metals plants as “Critical Suppliers.”

Magnesium powders are widely used in manufacturing of energetic devices that protect all military aircraft, including helicopters. Examples of such pyrotechnic devices:

  • Infrared countermeasure flares
  • Illuminating flares
  • Marker flares
  • Tracer rounds
  • Explosion simulators

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