Textron Systems Hosts Wilmington Middle School Students and Teachers of Mentor Adventure Program

April 20, 2006

Wilmington, MA - April 20, 2006 - Textron Systems announced today that it played host to 26 Wilmington Middle School students and teachers during a recent visit to the company's Wilmington-based headquarters. The visit marked the fourth consecutive year that Textron Systems and its employee-volunteers have welcomed students who are mentored through the company-sponsored Mentor Adventure Program to its Wilmington-based headquarters.

The visit to Textron Systems featured a tour of the company's newly established Product Showcase, where the students were introduced to products and technologies developed at the Wilmington facility and at the company's additional operating units: HR Textron in Santa Clarita, California; Textron Marine and Land in New Orleans, Louisiana; and Lycoming Engines in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. The students learned first hand through video presentation and guided discussions how Textron Systems' products are used in the air, on land, and on water.

"Textron Systems is proud to support the Mentor Adventure Program and the Wilmington Public Schools," said Dick Millman, president, Textron Systems. "We value the opportunity to inspire and cultivate the self esteem and academic pursuits of these students."

Textron Systems is among several businesses that provide mentor volunteers each academic year to the Mentor Adventure Program. Approximately five Textron Systems employees volunteer as mentors each year, meeting weekly with the students, and often attending extra-curricular activities in support of the student mentee. According to engineer Guy Berube, mentor program coordinator at Textron Systems, "Our primary role is to encourage students to seek solutions to life's challenges by exploring options and anticipating outcomes. As role models, we provide the guidance students need to cope with emotions, ideas, perceptions and change."

About The Mentor Adventure Program

The Mentor Adventure Program is a collaborative effort between the Wilmington Middle School and several businesses within Wilmington. Students who may need a positive role model to help them focus on school or other personal concerns are invited to participate in the program. Students are encouraged to make a two year commitment to the program and to their mentor. Profiles of the mentors and mentees are gathered in order to establish a cohesive match between the participants. Each mentor works closely with his or her student to develop a special relationship. This partnership helps the students to foster increased confidence and self-esteem as well as assisting the mentees to set academic and personal goals.

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 www.systems.textron.com.

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 www.textron.com.

Connect with Textron IR

Eric Salander, Vice President, Investor Relations
(401) 457-2288
Cameron Vollmuth, Manager,
Investor Relations (401) 457-2288

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