航空宇宙機器の開発、及び製造に不可欠の金属材料データ集として知られ、2004年に廃止されたMIL-HDBK-5 (Military Handbook-5) を引継ぐハンドブックの最新版（第15版）で、含まれるデータは、米運輸省連邦航空局（FAA）、米国防総省（DOD）と米航空宇宙局（NASA）によって容認されています。 航空宇宙工学関連のみならず、金属材料分野の全ての研究者、技術者に必携の参考資料としてお薦めいたします。
MMPDS-15 supersedes MMPDS-14 and prior editions of the MMPDS Handbook as well as all editions of MIL-HDBK-5, Metallic Materials and Elements for Aerospace Vehicle Structures Handbook that was maintained by the U.S. Air Force. The last edition, MIL-HDBK-5J was cancelled by the U.S. Air Force in March 2006.
This document contains design information on the mechanical and physical properties of metallic materials and joints commonly used in aircraft and aerospace vehicle structures. All information contained in this Handbook has been reviewed and approved using a standardized process. The development and ongoing maintenance process involves certifying agencies, including the FAA, DoD, and NASA, and major material suppliers and material users worldwide. The information and procedures in this Handbook are continuously reviewed, and modified or removed as determined to be appropriate. With advances in materials and fastener systems, and with the review process of existing information, periodic updates of the MMPDS should be expected. As such, it is recommended that the latest version of the MMPDS be used.