HR Textron delivers 200,000th Actuator to Boeing for Joint Direct Attack Munition

January 21, 2009
Valencia, CA - January 21, 2009 - HR Textron, an operating unit of Textron Systems, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, today announced the milestone delivery of its 200,000th Tail Actuation Subsystem (TAS) to The Boeing Company for integration into the Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) system.

“HR Textron employees come to work every day, taking pride in building products that are absolutely critical to our armed forces and warfighters,” said HR Textron Senior Vice President and General Manager Jeff Picard. “Two hundred thousand units of production is an amazing accomplishment not just for HR Textron, but for our customer Boeing and the entire JDAM supply chain.”

JDAM is a low-cost, GPS aided guidance kit that converts existing free-fall bombs into accurately guided “smart” weapons. Adding a JDAM tail kit enables accurate weapon delivery against a vast array of targets. Utilizing its core competencies in electric motors, electro-mechanical actuation and electronics, HR Textron developed the TAS to accurately control JDAM’s aerodynamic fins that maneuver the weapon to its target.

Frank Tempesta, president of Textron Systems, stated, “Our JDAM Tail Actuation Subsystem provides critical capability to U.S. Air Force and Navy aviators and directly contributes to saving American lives in combat. It is not only the technical and production accomplishments, but also the contribution we make to our soldiers’ safety, that make this event so meaningful to Textron, our employees and our suppliers.”

HR Textron delivered its 200,000th TAS in 2008, with production having started in 1996. Forty-one suppliers from California and five other states, plus Italy, support HR Textron’s program. HR Textron is under contract for more than 10,000 additional units extending production into 2010 and expects to receive contracts for additional quantities as they become funded by the U.S. Government.

About HR Textron
HR Textron is one of the world’s leading suppliers of mission critical actuation systems and products for aircraft, guided weapons, armored vehicles and turbine engines. The company is recognized for hydraulic and electric primary flight control actuation products supporting the F-35, X-45, JDAM, and AIM-9X programs, as well as a broad range of military and commercial helicopters. HR Textron provides turret controls and gun stabilization systems for the U.S. M1 Abrams Main Battle Tank and other armored vehicles worldwide; is one of the world’s leading suppliers of servovalves for critical jet engine controls; and supplies fuel system components to commercial and military programs around the world. Where demand is for mission critical actuation controls and systems, HR Textron brings the experience and technologies necessary to meet customer requirements for performance, reliability and value.

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 Systems, 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

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

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