Textron Systems Awarded $49.9M Contract for Air Force Lidar Applications

August 19, 2004

Wilmington, Mass. - August 19, 2004 - Textron Systems announced today that it has been awarded the $49.9 million Lidar Applications for Vehicles with Analysis (LAVA) task ordering contract by the Air Force Research Laboratory's Directed Energy Directorate at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Awarded under a competitive procurement, this five-year program will enable the U.S. Air Force and Textron Systems to develop technology to support USAF assets and test sites for prototyping and understanding the role of non-weapons class lasers, laser radars, laser sensing, remote sensing and measurement systems, target acquisition and tracking, and general imaging systems.

Riley Shelnutt, senior director of surveillance and sensors at Textron Systems, said, "We are pleased to have been selected by the Directed Energy Directorate for such an exciting program. It is a welcome opportunity to advance the state-of-the-art in LIDAR and laser systems and to enhance our relationship with the Maui Space Surveillance System facility."

By combining advanced eye-safe, solid-state laser and low noise focal plane technologies with its extensive expertise in airborne optical systems, Textron Systems will further the development of airborne sensor packages to support fire control missions. Building upon its coherent infrared transceiver technology, the company will continue development of high-power laser radar systems to support long-range tracking and identification of space objects. In addition, the program will operate and upgrade the Maui Space Surveillance System (MSSS) laser radars and imaging capabilities for ground-to-space and ground-to ground laser radar missions.

Testing will take place at the Maui Space Surveillance Site on top Mt. Haleakala in Hawaii. Atmospheric conditions there are similar to those found at airborne operating altitudes, greatly benefiting research, development, and testing initiatives. Textron Systems Hawaii Operations will act as center of the LAVA activities.

About Textron Systems www.systems.textron.com
Textron Systems Corporation, an operating division of Textron subsidiary Avco Corporation, provides innovative technology solutions to meet the needs of the global aerospace and defense industries. The company supports military precision engagement and dominant maneuver with strike weapons, mobility and surveillance systems. The Textron name is well known in the areas of advanced weapons, surveillance systems, aircraft control components, specialty marine craft and armored vehicles.

About Textron Inc.
Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) is a $10 billion multi-industry company with more than 43,000 employees in nearly 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 www.textron.com

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