MIL A 12560

MIL-A-12560 is a military spec armor steel plate used in combat vehicles and supplied nationwide by Kloeckner Metals.


Typical Standards

Sizes routinely stocked (Imperial units)
Thickness WidthLength
3/16" - 1" 48" - 120"96" - 480"

General Info About MIL-A-12560

MIL-A-12560 high strength armor plate is specified by the Material Technology Laboratory, Department of the Army, and is available to all departments and agencies of the Department of Defense (DOD). MIL-A-12560 is a rolled homogenous armor (RHA) specialty plate and is designed for applications that require maximum protection for ballistic purposes.

More Details About MIL-A-12560

  • Advantages/Disadvantages

    MIL-A-12560 has high strength and can provide maximum ballistic protection. It is also used to protect against land mines and other explosive structures because of how well it absorbs shock.

  • Industries

    Typical industries for MIL-A-12560 are the combat and ballistics industries.

  • Applications

    MIL-A-12560 armor plate is approved by the Material Technology Laboratory, Department of the Army, for the use in combat vehicles as well as ammunition testing. Some other applications include armor for emplacements, pill boxes, and shields.

  • Machining

    MIL-A-12560 has good machinability capabilities.

  • Welding

    MIL-A-12560 has great weldability and high formability.

  • Heat Treatment

    MIL-A-12560 is heat treatable.

Chemical Properties

0.420 - 0.50%98.51 - 98.98%0.60 - 0.90% ≤ 0.040%≤ 0.050%

Mechanical Properties

Mechanical Properties
Tensile Strength, Ultimate1207 MPa175 Ksi
Tensile Strength, Yield1089 MPa158 Ksi
Elongation at Break12.0%12.0%

Frequently Asked Questions About MIL-A-12560

  • What's the differences between MIL-A-12560 armor vs MIL-A-46100?


    There are a couple differences between MIL-A-12560 and MIL-A-46100. One of the main differences is that MIL-A-125600 is extremely good at absorbing shock compared to MIL-A-46100. MIL-A-46100 is typically used to stop hyper-velocity projectiles, and not so much to protect from landmines and explosives.

  • What are the specifications of MIL-A-12560 armor plate?


    MIL-A-12560 has a yield strength of 158 ksi, tensile strength of 175 ksi and a 12% elongation.

  • Who are MIL-A-12560 armor steel suppliers?


    Kloeckner Metals is a national supplier of MIL-A-12560 armor steel. With over 40 locations, Kloeckner Metals has a nationwide reach.

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