Bell Delivers Two more H-1 Aircraft in July

August 18, 2008
Fort Worth, TX - August 18, 2008 - Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, delivered two more H-1 aircraft to the U.S. Marines in July.

Including these two aircraft, Bell has delivered a total of eight H-1 aircraft this year – three AH-1Z attack helicopters and five UH-1Y utility helicopters. All eight aircraft are part of the U.S. Marine Corps H-1 Upgrade program.

Final assembly of the helicopters was completed at Bell’s Military Aircraft Assembly Center in Amarillo, Texas. Both aircraft were ferried to Camp Pendleton, Calif.

The UH-1Y delivered in July was an all-new aircraft – the second all-new UH-1Y to be delivered this year. Bell delivered its first all-new UH-1Y in June, marking the first time in thirty years that the Marine Corps has taken delivery of an all-new Huey aircraft.

Bell is currently on contract to produce 34 upgraded H-1 aircraft for the Marines: eight AH-1Z attack aircraft and 26 UH-1Y utility aircraft. So far, the company has delivered 18 upgraded H-1 helicopters.

The H-1 Upgrade Program calls for a total of 100 UH-1Y and 180 AH-1Z aircraft, although the Marines have indicated a desire to increase the number of H-1 aircraft they will procure in light of the "Grow the Force" initiative to increase the size of the Corps.

About Bell Helicopter
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.

About Textron Inc.
Textron Inc. is a $13.2 billion multi-industry company operating in 34 countries with approximately 44,000 employees. The company leverages its global network of aircraft, defense and intelligence, 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.

Forward-looking Information: This release contains forward-looking statements regarding a U.S. Government programs awarded to Bell Helicopter. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made, and we undertake no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in the statements, including the following: [a] Textron’s ability to perform as anticipated and to control costs under contracts with the U.S. Government; [b] the U.S. Government’s ability to unilaterally modify or terminate its contracts with Textron for the Government’s convenience or for Textron’s failure to perform, to change applicable procurement and accounting policies, and, under certain circumstances, to suspend or debar Textron as a contractor eligible to receive future contract awards; [c] changing priorities or reductions in the U.S. Government defense budget, including those related to Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom and the Global War on Terrorism; and [d] changes in national or international funding priorities, U.S. and foreign military budget constraints and determinations and government policies on the export and import of military and commercial products.

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