AAI's ESL Defence Ltd. Sells 500th Baringa Missile Warning System Test Set

November 10, 2009

Increased System Maturity Over Time Enables Greater Capability, Flexibility

HUNT VALLEY, Md.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 10, 2009-- AAI Corporation, an operating unit of Textron Systems, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today that its United Kingdom (U.K.) based strategic business ESL Defence Ltd. has sold its 500th Baringa Missile Warning System Test Set. This milestone occurred with a sale to the U.K. Ministry of Defence — also the first customer to purchase a Baringa — which utilizes the Baringa system to support its operations worldwide. Baringa test sets are used in more than 15 countries including the U.S., U.K., Australia, India, France, Germany, Italy and Turkey.

“The Baringa is a highly reliable piece of equipment that can stimulate multiple types of missile warning systems,” says ESL Managing Director Bob Fox. “It is used for pre-flight confidence testing, depot-level maintenance, and product acceptance and systems integration laboratory testing. Each design iteration has given the Baringa additional capabilities that benefit the operator.”

Baringa is a handheld unit that accurately simulates missile plume signatures to stimulate aircraft missile warning systems while in operational mode, allowing air crews to perform thorough go/no-go missile warning system testing. Baringa variants are available to accommodate multiple requirements including ultraviolet and infrared missile warner testing, as well as sensitivity measurement.

“Having confidence that missile warning systems are fully operational before heading into harm’s way is invaluable for air crews,” notes Fox.

AAI’s Test and Training Systems business unit, including ESL Defence, designs, manufactures and services a complete range of total spectrum test and training solutions for the flight line, forward operating base, training range, depot and systems integration laboratory.

About AAI

AAI Corporation designs, produces, and supports aerospace and defense systems through its direct and indirect wholly owned subsidiaries, AAI Services Corporation, Aerosonde Pty Ltd, ESL Defence Limited, and Symtx, Inc. Its high-technology products and services include unmanned aircraft systems, training and simulation systems, automated aerospace test and maintenance equipment, armament systems, aviation ground support equipment, and logistical, engineering, and supply chain services. AAI Corporation is an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Textron Inc. More information is available at www.aaicorp.com.

About Textron Systems

Textron Systems Corporation has been providing innovative solutions to the defense, homeland security and aerospace communities for more than 50 years. Known for its unmanned aircraft systems, advanced marine craft, armored vehicles, intelligent battlefield and surveillance systems, intelligence software solutions, precision smart weapons, piston engines, test and training systems, and total life cycle sustainment services, Textron Systems includes AAI Corporation, Lycoming Engines, Overwatch, 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 multi-industry company that leverages its global network of aircraft, defense, 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, and Textron Systems. More information is available at www.textron.com.

AAI is a registered trademark of AAI Corporation.


Source: Textron Inc.

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