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Magellan Aerospace to work on the F-35

June 17, 2013, Paris, Fra. - Magellan Aerospace has signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with BAE Systems for work on the F-35 Lightning II program.

June 17, 2013  By Carey Fredericks

Under the agreement Magellan will produce more than 1,000 sets of horizontal tails for the Conventional Take Off and Landing (CTOL) variant of the F-35 program over a 20-year period.  The agreement, announced today at theParis Air Show, Le Bourget, formalizes the continuation of the strategic relationship between BAE Systems and Magellan.

Magellan will produce F-35A horizontal tail assemblies using components that require advanced composite manufacturing, machining capabilities, and strict quality standards. The majority of the components used for the assembly are produced in Magellan's divisions.   The horizontal tail production under the MOA has a potential value of over Cdn. $1.2 billion over the life of the program. Magellan has achieved sales of more than $100M Cdn. on the F-35 program to date.

Today's signing represents another milestone of Magellan's strategic involvement on the F-35 program.  "We have supported Magellan's journey to become a key supplier of complex, flight critical components requiring high-technology, and high-quality manufacturing capabilities to produce the components to the exacting specifications demanded of this global program," said Paul Burns, Global Procurement & Supply Chain Director, BAE Systems.

Magellan is a part of the global F-35 team that includes world-class aerospace companies representing all eight JSF partner nations. Magellan's potential value of F-35 manufacturing work is approaching Cdn. $2.0 billion.


"At Magellan, we are proud to be an integral part of the F-35 supply chain.  We've produced parts that are flying on all three variants, and for planes that will fly in four of the partnering nation's air forces," said Jim Butyniec, President and CEO of Magellan Aerospace. "We look forward to seeing the first Magellan-built horizontal tail assembly fly on a production F-35 in early 2014."


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