Overwatch Geospatial Systems' ELT/5500 PRO 4.0 For Precision Positioning Receives NGA Certification

March 05, 2009

Sterling, VA - March 5, 2009 - Overwatch Geospatial Systems, an operating unit of Textron Systems, a Textron Inc. (NYSE TXT) company, today announced that the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) has certified its ELT/5500 PRO 4.0 software solution for precision positioning using Common Geo-positioning Services (CGS) version 2.1. This certification provides Geospatial Intelligence (GeoINT) analysts access to the most current CGS precision targeting capability through their ELT/5500 PRO application and marks a milestone in Overwatch Geospatial Systems’ continuing history of innovation and client responsiveness as the market leader in GeoINT solutions and services.

CGS was designed by the U.S. Government to provide users of all image exploitation systems with a common tool for precise geo-positioning. Overwatch Geospatial Systems’ CGS certification provides GeoINT analysts and targeteers, at every level of the Department of Defense and across intelligence agencies, a U.S. Government-validated and consistent tool for producing the most accurate geo-coordinates possible for precision targeting. The certification also underscores Overwatch Geospatial Systems’ emphasis on geodetic accuracy in all of its products, including Remote View, and paves the way for thousands of ELT/5500 PRO users to integrate CGS version 2.1 with ELT/5500 PRO. Integrating CGS version 2.1 enables users to streamline workflows, increase accuracy and accelerate time-to-decision for mission-critical operations.

“CGS certification enables our clients to compress the timeline between target identification and mission engagement by optimizing workflow, increasing accuracy and accelerating time-to-decision for mission-critical operations,” said Jim Dolan, Overwatch Geospatial Systems’ Senior Vice President and General Manager. “Overwatch Geospatial Systems is providing its military intelligence community customers with access to the most advanced, Government-certified targeting capabilities available. Having CGS available to all ELT/5500 and Remote View users is a great step toward achieving Textron Systems’ broader goal of delivering mission critical, precision location capabilities through its combat systems and platforms with our geospatial intelligence technologies.”

The CGS software is available through the CGS Program Office and is easily installed on any workstation running ELT/5500 PRO v. 4.0. Use of CGS is easily learned with minimal training especially for users already familiar with ELT/5500 PRO.

About Overwatch Geospatial Systems
Overwatch Geospatial is the leading provider of GeoINT solutions and services to the defense and intelligence communities. For more than 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 http://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 Geospatial Systems, Overwatch Tactical 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. (NYSE: TXT) is a $14.2 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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