Explosive welding is a solid state welding process, which uses a controlled explosive detonation to force two metals together at high pressure. The process has been fully developed with large-scale applications in the manufacturing industry. The explosive bonding technique has an ability to bond a variety of similar and dissimilar materials, and has been applied to fabricate the clad materials and some composites such as multilayered and wire-reinforced materials. In this study, aluminum plates were explosively welded by placing a steel wire mesh between them in order to produce wire mesh reinforced composite materials. The steel wire meshes were placed at two different orientations (45 degrees and 90 degrees). The wire mesh was used to improve the mechanical properties of the explosively welded aluminum plates. Hardness, tensile strength, toughness, bending and microstructure of the explosively welded composite materials were evaluated. The tensile and toughness tests results showed that the 45 wire mesh reinforced composites exhibited higher strength than unreinforced explosively bonded Al plates. No separation was observed in the interface of the welded composite materials after three-point bending. The highest hardness value was measured for the area near the joining interface. (C) 2015 Politechnika Wroclawska. Published by Elsevier Sp. z o.o. All rights reserved.