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3M supplies a variety of reliable, high performance ingredient technologies for defense applications. From temperature resistant advanced ceramics to polymeric additives, these materials help improve mobility, power and battlefield survivability. Advanced materials from 3M enable stronger, lighter vehicles, more powerful ordnance and rocket propellants, and enhanced protection for critical assets and personnel.

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Temperature resistant 3M™ Nextel™ Ceramic Textiles demonstrate the protective power of ceramics

Temperature resistant 3M™ Nextel™ Ceramic Textiles demonstrate the protective power of ceramics

Ceramic materials are extraordinarily hard, and can withstand extremely high temperatures. Yet they are also low in density – making them uniquely suited for many high-tech, modern-day defense applications.

Engineered to withstand extreme high temperature operating environments, Nextel Ceramic Textiles are used in a variety of woven and composite applications to enhance protection for military vehicles. For example, Nextel Ceramic Textiles are used in firewalls and heat shields for military aircraft.

Nextel Structural Fibers are strong, stiff, non-conductive and low-observable and used as reinforcements in a variety of ceramic, metal, and polymer matrix composites, ideal for aircraft components such as exhaust components and radomes.

Learn more about 3M™ Nextel™ Ceramic Textiles and Fibers

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