XM1100 Scorpion Scores Hits in All Live Fire Tests

December 06, 2010

System Performance Verified Across Operational Environments

WILMINGTON, Mass., Dec 06, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Textron Defense Systems, an operating unit of Textron Systems, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today that its XM1100 Scorpion networked ground munitions system successfully completed U.S. Army hot environment performance testing at Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona, marking a key milestone in the verification of Scorpion system performance across all operational environments. The Scorpion system performed successfully during live-fire engagements against moving main battle tanks and medium armored personnel carrier targets, scoring hits with its highly lethal explosively formed penetrator warhead in 100 percent of these live fire tests. Additional demonstrations at the event featured Scorpion's communication, command and control and power management capabilities as well as the operational reliability of the system during nearly a month of severe, hot environmental conditions.

The Scorpion system consists of an advanced munition control station that provides the soldier with situational awareness and positive control of the Scorpion munitions, and the Scorpion munitions' dispensing module (DM). It fuses sensor data from a single DM or a field of multiple networked DMs in order to detect, track, classify, report, engage and destroy targets. These features enable the Scorpion networked munition system to provide the Army an active obstacle capability that scales from combat outpost protection to large-scale shaping of the battlefield.

"Effective, reliable performance is a critical benefit of our Scorpion system," says Senior Vice President and General Manager Mark Catizone of Textron Defense Systems. "In addition, we have incorporated several features for safe battlefield operation. Continuous man-in-the-loop connectivity hinders enemy approach and protects friendly forces, while the provision for both non-lethal and lethal effects gives warfighters all the tools they need for a timely and appropriate threat response."

About Textron Defense Systems

Textron Defense Systems employs advanced technology and industry expertise to develop and manufacture innovative product solutions including air-and ground-based smart weapons; directed energy weapons; intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, or ISR, systems; and protection systems. Its distinctive solutions for U.S. and allied militaries, aerospace and homeland security communities provide precision effects, intelligence-gathering capabilities 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.

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