T.I. | Defense
Titanium Industries provides high performance specialty metals for critical applications in the defense market including airframes, engines, internal and external systems, rotary wings, land vehicles, and many other applications. T.I. holds a wide range of OEM and subcontractor approvals, supporting a strong portfolio of service provider LTA’s, and maintaining ISO 9001:2015, AS9100 Revision D and is DoD registered.
The evolution of the Titanium industry as we know it today was a function of military aircraft applications. The selection of Titanium in this application is based on Titanium’s strength-to-weight ratio, reliability in service, and high corrosion and creep resistances.
The US Department of Defense early on recognized Titanium as a material that would satisfy the requirements necessary for aircraft applications. Use of Titanium in military applications began in the 1950’s when Titanium was first designed into the Douglas X-3 Stiletto.
In it’s infancy, Titanium accounted for approximately 9% of the weight of a military aircraft, the Phantom F-4 specifically. As the Titanium industry has evolved and the benefits of Titanium’s material characteristics were successfully tested over time, Titanium represented a higher percentage of the weight of a military aircraft. The F-22 aircraft was comprised of more than 39% Titanium. The aircraft program that utilized the highest percentage of Titanium, although no longer in production, was the SR-71 which was 90% Titanium.
Today, Titanium can be found in the production of land vehicles, missiles, helicopters and rotorcraft, aircraft, armor plating, vehicle weight reduction overhaul programs, and many other applications within the defense industry.