Overwatch Awarded Contract by U.S. Army for Software Development

March 08, 2007

Austin, TX - May 1, 2007 - Overwatch Systems, an operating unit of Textron Systems, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Army that includes approximately $8M for software licenses and services. This contract consists of Viper licenses as the primary DCGS-A Application Framework (DAF) for application integration and collaboration in DCGS-A, Versions 3 and 4, as well as a government-wide license for the Viper software development kit (SDK). Overwatch expects to see continued heavy involvement in software architecture and development in this project, as Viper will act as the foundation for DCGS-A software deliveries. This contract is part of the Engineering, Technical and Operational Support Services (ETOSS) Contract with the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center (CERDEC) Intelligence and Information Warfare Directorate (I2WD) for supporting PM Distributed Common Ground System - Army (DCGS-A).

With government-wide availability of the Viper SDK, the government and its contractors can now build plug-ins to use on the application framework.

"Use of Overwatch's software product line approach gives the Government an opportunity to leverage existing software investments by using a common framework to tie together software from various providers," said David Read, business area manager for Intelligence Systems. "We look forward to ongoing work with I2WD and PM DCGS-A in software architecture and development in Versions 3 and 4 and into the future."

About Overwatch

Overwatch Systems Limited ("Overwatch"), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Textron, Inc. and an operating unit of Textron Systems, provides a suite of integrated software tools that is dedicated to the analysis, design, development, and support of complex intelligence, information, and communications systems. A leader in software C4ISR systems that use industry standards to provide intelligence products that are light-weight, portable, scalable, and interoperable for the warfighter, first responder and counter terrorism analysts. Overwatch has obtained CMMI(R) Level 5 rating and AS9100, ISO9001-2000 certifications. Overwatch Tactical Operations is committed to the Warfighter! To schedule a demo, eMail info@overwatch.com. More information is available at http://tactical.overwatch.com.

About Textron Systems

Textron Systems Corporation ("Textron Systems") provides innovative technology solutions to meet the needs of the defense, homeland security and aerospace communities. The company is known for its precision smart weapons, surveillance systems, complex intelligence and communications systems, aircraft control systems, piston engines, specialty marine craft and armored vehicles. Textron Systems is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Avco Corporation. Avco Corporation is wholly-owned subsidiary of Textron Inc. More information is available at www.systems.textron.com

About Textron

Textron Inc. is an $11 billion multi-industry company operating in 32 countries with approximately 40,000 employees. 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 Company, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Greenlee, Fluid & Power, Textron Systems and Textron Financial Corporation. More information is available at www.textron.com.

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