Overwatch Releases Latest Version of ELT/Series With Full Motion Video Support

May 18, 2010

AUSTIN, Texas, May 18, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) --Overwatch, an operating unit of Textron Systems, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, today announced the latest release of its ELT/Series Geospatial Intelligence software, including the new full motion video extension, V-TRAC Basic.

The ELT/Series software provides powerful imagery and geospatial exploitation tools for a wide range of applications, including tactical imagery and national geospatial analysis. The latest release, version 20.1, leverages a flexible architecture complemented by new extensions, such as V-TRAC Basic. V-TRAC Basic provides users of ELT/Series' more advanced products, ELT/3500 and ELT/5500, the ability to receive and analyze full motion video collections and incorporate video analysis with other product extensions such as GeoCatalog and SpotLite. GeoCatalog enables analysts to easily create searchable databases for the organization and management of geospatial data. SpotLite enables analysts to quickly produce and analyze sophisticated 3-D visualizations from imagery.

Users of ELT/5500 PRO will receive a new interface to the Mensuration Services Program (MSP) with this latest release. MSP is the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency's replacement for the existing Ruler mensuration program. Additionally, users will receive the newly established U.S. Department of Defense standard for precision targeting, Common Geo-positioning Services version 2.3, which provides a validated and consistent tool for producing the most accurate geo-coordinates for precision targeting.

Overwatch has introduced several other new features and enhancements to the version 20.1 release. New graphic drawing tools have been provided to improve visualization of blast assessment and geo-referenced bearing indication. Grid capabilities have been extended to support improved definition and specification. Roam performance also has been improved, along with a new publishing option to Microsoft(R) PowerPoint(R).

"While the new ELT/Series release has extended its capabilities to include new features and functionality, it maintains its easy-to-use attributes," said Stuart Blundell, Overwatch vice president of Geospatial Products and Services. "Even the most advanced operations can be performed with a simple point-and-click, which is critical for analysts in fast-paced, mission-critical environments."

Shipments of version 20.1 upgrades for all ELT/Series customers under active Maintenance and Support Agreement are currently underway.

About Overwatch

Overwatch, an operating unit of Textron Systems, is the leading provider of multi-source and geospatial intelligence 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 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 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.

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