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.