Bell Wins the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Solicitation

October 12, 2004

NBAA - Las Vegas, NV - October 12, 2004 - The Department of Homeland Security, Border and Transportation Security, Immigration & Customs Enforcement, U.S. Customs and Border Protection posted official notice that Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. has been awarded a contract for Bell 430 helicopters for Border Protection's twin turbine medium utility helicopter requirement. The contract is worth an estimated $164M.

Speaking of the win, Michael Redenbaugh, chief executive officer of Bell Helicopter, said, "Bell Helicopter made a commitment several years ago to increase our focus on supporting airborne law enforcement and non-DoD U.S. federal organizations. Our products are the best in the world and our Homeland Security enforcement agencies deserve nothing less. Bell is exceptionally proud that our people and products won the confidence of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection as the best value for their important mission."

The Bell 430 has proven an exceptional aircraft in Homeland Security mission environments. Currently in operation with such notable organizations as the New York State Police, and the State of Louisiana, the Bell 430 is already on the frontlines of law enforcement. The reliability record of the Bell 430 and Bell's customer support reputation position Bell products to succeed in the demanding work environment of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection mission.

The Bell 430 combines long flight endurance capability with a smooth ride and a large useful load. A modern glass cockpit coupled with a high reliability rate make it a tremendous aircraft for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection's important mission. Endurance, comfort and enough room for multi-mission flexibility make the Bell 430 prepared to accomplish any task while defending America's borders. The Bell 430 will greatly extend the U.S. Customs and Border Protection capability. The Bell 430 is built from suppliers in over 25 different states in the United States.

Bell Helicopter Textron, a subsidiary of Textron Inc., is a $1.6 billion, leading producer of commercial and military helicopters, and the pioneer of the revolutionary tiltrotor aircraft. Globally recognized for customer service, innovation and superior quality, Bell's global workforce of over 7,500 employees serves customers flying Bell aircraft in over 120 countries.

Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) is a $10 billion multi-industry company with more than 43,000 employees in 40 countries. The company leverages its global network of aircraft, industrial and finance businesses to provide customers with innovative solutions and services. Textron is known around the world for its powerful brands such as Bell Helicopter, Cessna Aircraft, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO and Greenlee, among others. More information is available at

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