USMC Awards Textron Marine & Land Systems and Granite Tactical Vehicles Team Contract for Upgraded HMMWV Test Vehicles

February 23, 2010

NEW ORLEANS & MOUNT AIRY, N.C., Feb 23, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Textron Marine & Land Systems, an operating unit of Textron Systems, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, and Granite Tactical Vehicles Inc., announced today the receipt of a contract to deliver three upgraded High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWVs) to the United State Marine Corps Warfighting Lab for testing.

The three upgraded HMMWVs in M1114, M1151-A1/REVB and M1165 configurations are scheduled to be delivered in March 2010 for mobility, thermal and durability performance testing. Independent and USMC blast and ballistic testing on the vehicle has been completed. The vehicle will be on display in outdoor space #3332 at the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Winter show in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. from February 24-26. Textron Marine & Land Systems also will be located at booth #1324.

"Working with Granite Tactical Vehicles, we have modified the up-armored HMMWV platform to increase the vehicle's survivability, while enhancing its mobility and payload capabilities," said Textron Marine & Land Systems General Manager Tom Walmsley.

"We have been working diligently since 2004 on a solution to better protect our soldiers against the evolving threats they face in combat situations around the world," said Granite Tactical Vehicles President Chris Berman. "We are confident in our solution's performance and survivability, and look forward to the outcome of the USMC testing.

Textron Marine & Land Systems and Granite Tactical Vehicles have teamed on the development of affordable, lightweight, crew survivability solutions for light tactical vehicles. Granite's innovations in survivable and mobile light armored vehicles are being combined with Textron Marine & Land Systems' engineering and lean process manufacturing expertise to provide a valuable near-term solution for warfighters.

Textron Marine & Land Systems has manufactured the Armored Security Vehicle (ASV) for the U.S. Army since 2004, and has delivered more that 2,400 units. The ASV has maintained exceptional operational readiness and combat availability rates as vehicles log more than 30,000 miles per year in Iraq and Afghanistan.

About Granite Tactical Vehicles Inc.

Granite Tactical Vehicles Inc. designs, develops, manufactures and delivers armored vehicles for a broad spectrum of clients including private security contractors, law enforcement and various government agencies. Granite Tactical Vehicles' products have been field tested with great success on missions including convoy protection, personnel movement & relocation, rescue operations and cargo delivery. Granite Tactical Vehicles is committed to providing best-in-class armored vehicles and protecting the lives of those who face the day-to-day challenges of rapidly increasing threat levels. More information is available at

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

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

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