Textron Defense Systems' XM1100 Scorpion Completes Successful Verification Testing and Critical Design Review

July 15, 2009

Wilmington, MA - July 15, 2009 - Textron Defense Systems, an operating unit of Textron Systems, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today that its XM1100 Scorpion networked sensor and munitions platform has completed rigorous verification testing, as well as a successful critical design review (CDR) with the U.S. Army.

Testing took place at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, where dispensing modules controlled by a Scorpion control station were demonstrated in both urban and open terrain settings against single and multiple target arrays. Additional day and overnight system verification trials occurred with up to eight dispensing modules under the control of a single Scorpion control station. These activities validated the Scorpion’s situational awareness, command and control, and target engagement capabilities. The Scorpion’s sensor fuzed warhead also was demonstrated to verify functionality and performance under various scenarios.

Following this event, Textron Defense Systems led a CDR to demonstrate its execution against program goals leading up to the government development testing phase, which is expected to begin later this year. The customer affirmed that the Textron Defense Systems Scorpion team successfully achieved all of the exit criteria required to pass the review.

With the CDR complete, the Scorpion team will continue activities leading up to a final end-to-end, live fire test event that is expected to take place later this summer.

“Our team has worked diligently toward this CDR with a single goal in mind — getting this technology into the hands of America’s warfighters,” says Senior Vice President and General Manager Mark Catizone of Textron Defense Systems. “The Scorpion system is designed to be a force multiplier for our warfighters, keeping them out of harm’s way while helping them accomplish their missions.”

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 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. 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.

Forward-looking Information: Certain statements in this press release are forward-looking statements and speak only as of the date on which they are made, and we undertake no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in the statements, including but not limited to the following: (a) changes in worldwide economic and political conditions that impact demand for our products, interest rates and foreign exchange rates; (b) changing priorities or reductions in the U.S. Government defense budget, including those related to Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom and the Overseas Contingency Operations; (c) our ability to perform as anticipated and to control costs under contracts with the U.S. Government; (d) legislative or regulatory actions impacting defense operations; (e) the timing of new product launches and certifications of new products; (f) the efficacy of research and development investments to develop new products (g) the launching of significant new products or programs which could result in unanticipated expenses; and (h) performance issues with key suppliers, subcontractors and business partners.

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