Textron Defense Systems' XM1100 Scorpion(TM) Completes Simulated Urban Environment Tests

October 12, 2009

WILMINGTON, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 12, 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 a test series focused on demonstrating the system’s capabilities in urban environments.

Testing was held at Fort Benning, Georgia, where the Scorpion system performed in both day and nighttime scenarios. Fort Benning’s military operations in urban terrain, or MOUT, site was used for the test series. This site accurately emulates a populated town including roadways, public areas and buildings, shops and residential buildings. The rigorous test series confirmed the Scorpion system’s ability to accurately identify and engage targets in urban environments.

“Modern warfare demands solutions that are flexible enough to perform reliably in a broad range of environments,” says Senior Vice President and General Manager Mark Catizone of Textron Defense Systems. “Our Scorpion system is designed to provide warfighters valuable force projection and minimize impact to non-combatants. This holds true in urban environments or against rugged terrain, whether mountainside, desert or wilderness. This flexibility gives warfighters added confidence in the face of danger, as well as enhanced capability to complete their missions.”

This urban environment test series served as a precursor to an upcoming end-to-end, live-fire Scorpion test that will take place at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico later this year. This test is expected to culminate with the Scorpion system detecting, tracking and engaging multiple remote-controlled armored vehicles with live high-explosive munitions.

About Textron Defense Systems

Textron Defense Systems employs advanced technology and industry expertise to develop and manufacture state-of-the-art smart weapons; airborne and ground-based sensors and surveillance systems; and protection systems for the defense, aerospace and homeland security communities. Its innovative systems for the military provide precision effects, actionable intelligence and force protection. More information is available at www.textrondefense.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.

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.

Scorpion is a trademark of Textron Systems Corporation.


Source: Textron Inc.

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