Sensor Fuzed Weapon To Be Featured in Discovery Channel's Future Weapons Program

May 16, 2006

Wilmington, MA - May 16, 2006 - Textron Systems, a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, announced today that its Sensor Fuzed Weapon (SFW) is scheduled to be among the featured defense products and technologies showcased as part of the Discovery Channel's Future Weapons program. The six-part weekly series airs on Wednesday evenings at 10 pm eastern time (ET), and during alternate dates and times on the west coast, throughout May 2006. The Sensor Fuzed Weapon will appear in The Power of Fear, the sixth episode in the series to air on May 24th at 10 P.M. and May 25th at 2:00 A.M., ET. Details regarding this series or any Discovery Channel programming can be obtained from

The Sensor Fuzed Weapon is a smart, air-to-ground, direct attack munition that can detect and defeat a wide variety of combat targets. Combat proven initially on April 2, 2003 in Operation Iraqi Freedom, the SFW received world-wide recognition after defeating multiple Iraqi tanks in a single aircraft pass that halted an Iraqi armored column from advancing on U.S. military forces. Subsequent operations confirmed the high military value of this unique weapon.

Filming of the Future Weapons program brought the Discovery Channel's crew to Textron Systems' division headquarters in Wilmington, Massachusetts, to speak with several people involved with SFW's design and development. The crew also worked in conjunction with the Air Force by conducting interviews with key USAF personnel and filming weapons testing while on site at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. The Power of Fear will be hosted by former Navy SEAL Richard Machowicz.

About the Sensor Fuzed Weapon

Known as CBU-97 and CBU-105, Textron Systems' Sensor Fuzed Weapon is the first and only combat-proven smart area weapon of its kind in U.S. Air Force inventory designed to accurately detect and defeat multiple stationary or moving land threat targets. SFW's demonstrated lethality against armor makes CBU-105 an important force-multiplying capability for the warfighter. Its 40 smart Skeet warheads have both a hard and soft target capability and are equipped with two self-destruct modes and a self-neutralization feature to leave no hazardous unexploded ordnance on the ground, resulting in a clean battlefield.

About Textron Systems

Textron Systems 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. Textron Systems Corporation ("Textron Systems") is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Avco Corporation. Avco Corporation is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Textron Inc. More information is available at

About Textron

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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