Textron Systems' Adaptable Radiation Area Monitor Designated as a Qualified Anti-Terrorism Technology

March 24, 2008

State-of-the-Art Monitor Accurately Detects and Identifies Radioactive Materials in Real Time and at High Speeds

Wilmington, MA - March 24, 2008 - Textron Defense Systems, an operating unit of Textron Systems, a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, today announced that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has designated its Adaptable Radiation Area Monitor (ARAM) as a Qualified Anti-Terrorism Technology under the Support Anti-terrorism by Fostering Effective Technologies Act (SAFETY Act).

ARAM is a state-of-the-art spectroscopic monitoring system which operates in fixed locations or within vehicles or backpacks, detecting and identifying radioactive materials as well as medical and industrial isotopes that may be used to make dirty bombs or radiological weapons. ARAM can be deployed as the ARAM Spectroscopic Portal, ARAM RadTruck, ARAM RadBoat and ARAM RadPack, giving customers several solutions that can be used as standalone radiation monitors or easily networked in a comprehensive security program on land and at sea. In addition, ARAM has the ability to accurately detect and identify minute quantities of radioactive materials in real time, even while moving at speeds as fast as 50 miles per hour.

"Receiving the SAFETY Act designation for our ARAM technology provides recognition that our system can perform as an effective, reliable and safe tool in the fight against terrorism," said Tom McNamara, senior vice president of Textron System's Advanced Solutions Center. "This designation highlights our commitment to meeting the nation's needs in homeland security."

DHS approved the SAFETY Act designation for the ARAM Spectroscopic Portal, the ARAM RadTruck, the ARAM RadBoat and the ARAM RadPack products based on performance and reliability data provided by the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office, ARAM Customers, National Laboratories and the Federal Joint Analysis Center. The SAFETY Act was enacted as part of The Homeland Security Act of 2002 in an effort to facilitate the development and deployment of anti-terrorism technologies by providing liability protection to sellers and customers of such technologies in the event of a terrorist attack.

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 a wholly-owned subsidiary of Avco Corporation. Avco Corporation is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Textron Inc. More information is available at www.textronsystems.com.

About Textron Inc.
Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) 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, 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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