Magellan Aerospace signs agreement with BAE Systems to produce F-35 Lightning II

Magellan plans to produce more than 1,000 ship sets of horizontal tail assemblies over the life of the F-35 program.

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Canadian-based Magellan Aerospace will produce F-35 Lightning II horizontal tail assemblies under an agreement with BAE Systems (London). The agreement is the continuation of annual contract awards made to Magellan by BAE Systems for F-35 assemblies, valued at more than CDN $70 million ($52 million) over a two-year period.

Magellan and BAE Systems have been working together to produce horizontal tails for the global Lockheed Martin's F-35 program for almost a decade, signing the original Letter of Intent for this agreement at the Farnborough Air Show in 2006. Building on that initial commitment, both companies have since made significant investment in the facilities, technologies and training to ensure the successful delivery of these flight-critical assemblies to the customer.

The horizontal tail assemblies produced at Magellan will be used on the Conventional Takeoff and Landing (CTOL) variant of the F-35. At present, Magellan plans to produce more than 1,000 ship sets of horizontal tail assemblies over the life of the F-35 program.

"This contract represents significant quantities of horizontal tails awarded to Magellan in the ramping up to full scale production. The ability to meet the increased annual volumes is an essential element of achieving F-35 program objectives in support of our customer’s global obligations” says Phillip Underwood, Magellan’s President and CEO. “Magellan will be producing approximately half of the CTOL horizontal tails required each year.”

The program could produce up to 4,000 F-35 fighters globally.