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Magellan Aerospace has formalized its association with BAE Systems for work it has already been doing for some time on the F-35 Lightning II program.

At the Paris Air Show this week the company signed a memorandum of understanding with BAE to 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.

Magellan’s Bristol Aerospace unit in Winnipeg has been building the horizontal tail assemblies for the F-35 for some time.

The deal has a potential value of more than $1.2 billion for the Winnipeg shop.

It has already shipped more than $100 million on the F-35 program to date.

Magellan is a part of the global F-35 team that includes world-class aerospace companies representing all eight of the Joint Strike Fighter’s partner nations. Magellan’s potential value of F-35 manufacturing work is approaching $2 billion with other work taking place at Magellan units in Kitchener, Ont., and New York state.

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Updated on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 12:36 PM CDT: Corrects typo in headline.

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