Bell's Support of the USCG Deepwater Program

July 17, 2006

Farnborough Air Show - July 17, 2006 - Bell Helicopter, a Textron company (NYSE: TXT) will provide the Bell Eagle Eye TR916 Unmanned Aircraft Vehicle (UAV) system to Lockheed Martin, a partner in Integrated Coast Guard Systems, a joint venture of Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman, for the Integrated Deepwater System program of the U.S. Coast Guard.

Bell was selected in 2003 by Lockheed Martin to develop and produce the Eagle Eye TR916 Unmanned Aircraft Vehicle system to provide surveillance and reconnaissance as part of the U.S. Coast Guard's Deepwater Program. Bell will deliver 45 Eagle Eye UAVs and 33 ground control stations (GCS) to Lockheed Martin who will integrate the UAV system into the Deepwater System of Systems. Current plans call for first flight of the TR916 Unmanned Air Vehicle system in 2nd Qtr 2009.

Bell has selected Aurora Flight Sciences of Manassas, VA as the airframe provider. Aurora Flight Sciences is a leading developer of unmanned aircraft technology for research, defense and homeland security organizations. The work will be done at Aurora Flight Science's manufacturing facility located in Bridgeport, West Virginia.

Bell Helicopter is an industry-leading producer of commercial and military, manned and unmanned vertical lift aircraft and the pioneer of the revolutionary tilt rotor aircraft. Globally recognized for world-class customer service, innovation and superior quality, Bell's global workforce serves customers flying Bell aircraft in more than 120 countries.

Textron Inc. is a $10 billion multi-industry company operating in 33 countries with approximately 37,000 employees in continuing operations. 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, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO and Greenlee, among others. More information is available at

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