Overwatch Releases AXIS PRO(R) 5.0, Receives Security Certificate

August 10, 2010

AUSTIN, Texas, Aug 10, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Overwatch, an operating unit of Textron Systems, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, today announced the release of the new Windows Vista(R) compatible version of its intelligence analysis software, AXIS PRO 5.0. The software, used primarily by the U.S. military and intelligence community, also received a Certificate of Networthiness (CoN) from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD).

AXIS PRO serves as the U.S. military and intelligence community's standard solution for organizing, refining and performing forensic visual analysis of multi-source intelligence (Multi-INT) data, including Signals Intelligence (SIGINT), Open Source Intelligence (OSINT), Measurement and Signature Intelligence (MASINT), Human Intelligence (HUMINT), and Imagery Intelligence (IMINT).

The new 5.0 version of AXIS PRO includes compatibility with the Microsoft Windows Vista operating system, in support of the Army's broad upgrade program which will migrate all of the Army's Windows-based computers to Windows Vista. The Army's Vista migration includes more than 744,000 desktop computers on the classified and unclassified Secret Internet Protocol Router (SIPR) and Non-Classified Internet Protocol Router (NIPR) networks.

Users of the new Vista compatible version of AXIS PRO will experience enhanced data encryption, an improved web interface and new customer-directed features including an undo/redo capability on the link analysis tool, seamless integration with Tactical Ground Reporting (TIGR) and other software programs, as well as a new mapping feature for data collected from tactical mobile devices, such as the Cellebrite(R) Universal Forensics Extraction Device (UFED).

Additionally, AXIS PRO 5.0 has been awarded a CoN signifying that AXIS PRO is fully configured to the current Army Golden Master baseline and complies with all U.S. Army and DoD standards for security, compatibility and sustainability. A CoN is required for all enterprise software products deployed in the Army Enterprise Infrastructure Network and used by the U.S. Army, National Guard, Army Reserve and DoD organizations.

"Overwatch is committed to providing our service men and women with the best tools possible. AXIS PRO 5.0 demonstrates our ability to engineer and adapt applications that work well in an ever-changing warfighting environment." said Overwatch Vice President of Business Development, Jon Percy. "Additionally, achieving a Certificate of Networthiness for AXIS PRO 5.0 is a testament to our meeting the needs of the defense and Geographical Information Systems (GIS) communities and delivering software worthy of the Department of Defense's highest level of certification."

All U.S. Army and Marine Corps units and agencies can use this product release as part of the Equipment Loan Agreement (ELA). AXIS PRO 5.0 is also available for sale to organizations that support DoD operations.

About Overwatch

Overwatch, an operating unit of Textron Systems, is the leading provider of integrated intelligence software solutions and services as well as robust satellite communications systems for today's U.S. and international defense and intelligence communities. For the past 20 years, Overwatch's intelligence solutions have supported decision makers, counter-terrorism analysts, warfighters and first responders by providing proven tools that simplify the integration, analysis and exploitation of intelligence in order to present a complete operational picture and accelerate the time-to-decision. More information is available at http://www.overwatch.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 http://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 http://www.textron.com.

Overwatch and design is a registered trademark of Overwatch Systems, Ltd.
AXIS PRO is a registered trademark of Overwatch Systems, Ltd.
Windows Vista is either a registered trademark or trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.
Cellebrite is a registered trademark of Cellebrite USA, Corporation

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