Dolan to Lead Overwatch Geospatial Systems, Brown to Retire

December 17, 2008

Wilmington, MA - December 17, 2008 - Textron Systems, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, today announced the appointment of James Dolan to senior vice president and general manager of its Overwatch Geospatial Systems, effective February 1, 2009, following the retirement of current senior vice president and general manager Kirk Brown. An operating unit of Textron Systems, Overwatch Geospatial has been providing geospatial intelligence (GeoINT) solutions and services to the Department of Defense and U.S. intelligence agencies for over 20 years.

"As Overwatch Geospatial's chief operating officer, Jim Dolan has been active in the business, including the critical areas of strategy and business development. I am confident Overwatch Geospatial will continue to excel in serving our GeoINT customers under Jim's leadership," said Fred Strader, chief operating officer of Textron Systems. "We wish Kirk well in his retirement and thank him for his commitment over the past 11 years in making Overwatch Geospatial a respected leader in the GeoINT community."

Prior to joining Overwatch Geospatial, Dolan was the operations director for General Dynamics-AIS Geospatial Intelligence Systems. Over his 31 year career, he has held leadership positions of significant operational, business development and program management responsibility within several organizations supporting the geospatial intelligence community. Dolan is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and served as a naval intelligence officer in a variety of operational intelligence assignments.

"I am proud of what we have accomplished at Overwatch Geospatial, and am certain that Jim will provide the leadership needed to continue Overwatch Geospatial's role as a trusted provider of geospatial intelligence technologies and services for the U.S. and international military and intelligence communities," said Brown.

"The cornerstone of our success remains the strong partnerships we have with our customers as we deliver innovative solutions to meet the rapidly changing needs of today's GeoINT analyst," added Dolan. "I am honored to take on this role from Kirk, who has been a leader in the field for years, and to continue working with our dedicated, passionate employees to deliver next generation GeoINT solutions."

About Overwatch Geospatial Systems
Overwatch Geospatial is the leading provider of geospatial intelligence (GeoINT) solutions and services to the Department of Defense and intelligence communities. For over 20 years, our modular and intuitive software solutions have combined technology innovation with client-focus to help GeoINT analysts optimize workflow management, increase accuracy and accelerate time-to-decision for mission-focused applications. Our solutions facilitate seamless integration between image and video exploitation and mission-critical decision support. Overwatch Geospatial Systems is an operating unit of Textron Systems. More information is available at www.overwatch.textron.com.

About Textron Systems
Textron Systems Corporation has been providing innovative solutions to the defense, homeland security and aerospace communities for over 50 years. Known for its precision smart weapons, intelligent battlefield systems, surveillance systems, intelligence software solutions, aircraft control components, piston engines, armored vehicles and unmanned aircraft systems, Textron Systems includes AAI, HR Textron, Lycoming Engines, Overwatch Tactical Operations, Overwatch Geospatial Operations, Textron Defense Systems, and Textron Marine & Land Systems. Textron Systems Corporation is an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Textron Inc. More information is available at www.textronsystems.com.

About Textron Inc.
Textron Inc. is a $12.6 billion multi-industry company operating in 28 countries with approximately 42,000 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, Textron Systems and Textron Financial Corporation. More information is available at www.textron.com.

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