TABLE F-1 Uses of Beryllium

National Defense


Airborne forward-looking infrared systems

Guidance systems on existing strategic missiles

Surveillance, communications, and other satellites

Missile defense systems

Aircraft brakes

Nuclear reactor rods and warheads

Battery contacts and electronic connectors in cell phones and base stations

Aerospace castings

High-definition and cable television

Underwater fiber-optic cable systems

High-density circuits for high-speed computers and automotive ignition systems

Pacemakers and other medical devices

FIGURE F-1 Annual consumption of beryllium by end use. SOURCE: USGS Minerals Yearbook (2005).

materials technology and industrial base.2 According to the press release that accompanied that report’s release,

This assessment found that there are no issues of assured, affordable access to the specialty metals of superalloys, titanium and beryllium, and that industry downsizing to reduce overcapacity will not be inconsistent with future defense requirements.


DoD, Memorandum for Correspondents (Memorandum No. 045-M, March 25, 1996). Available at Accessed June 2007.

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