Magellan Aerospace has signed an agreement with BAE Systems for work on the F-35 Lightning II programme. The supplier will produce more than 1,000 sets of horizontal tails for the conventional take-off and landing (CTOL) variant of the F-35 programme over a 20-year period. The work has a potential value of more than C$1.2 billion over the life of the programme, says Magellan.

"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 programme," says Paul Burns, global procurement and supply chain director for BAE Systems.

"At Magellan, we are proud to be an integral part of the F-35 supply chain," says Jim Butyniec, president and CEO of Magellan Aerospace. "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. 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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Source: Flight Daily News