TORONTO, Oct. 27, 2016 /CNW/ - Magellan Aerospace ("Magellan") announced today that it will be producing F-35 Lightning II horizontal tail assemblies under an agreement with BAE Systems. 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 over a two year period.
Magellan and BAE Systems have been working together to produce horizontal tails for the global 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" said Mr. Phillip Underwood, Magellan's President and CEO. "Magellan will be producing approximately half of the CTOL horizontal tails required each year."
"Magellan's projected total revenues for the F-35 program could reach CDN $2.0 billion based on the current anticipated aircraft requirements" said Mr. Scott McCrady, Magellan's Corporate F-35 Program Director. "We are seeing significant increases in annual program quantities from both the US DoD and the international partners." The program could produce up to 4,000 F-35 fighters globally.
About Magellan Aerospace
Magellan Aerospace is a global, integrated aerospace company that provides complex assemblies and systems solutions to aircraft and engine manufacturers, and defense and space agencies worldwide. Magellan designs, engineers, and manufactures aeroengine and aerostructure assemblies and components for aerospace markets, advanced products for military and space markets, industrial power generation, and specialty products. Magellan is a public company whose shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: MAL), with operating units throughout Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, India, and Poland.
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For further information: Mr. Daniel Zanatta, Vice President, Business Development, Marketing and Contracts, Magellan Aerospace, Ph. +1 905 677 1889 x554; Mr. Scott McCrady, Corporate F-35 Program Director, Magellan Aerospace, Ph. +1 204 788 2863