AAI Completes Navy Fee-for-Service Operations With Aerosonde(R) Unmanned Aircraft Vehicle (UAV)

February 22, 2011

HUNT VALLEY, Md., Feb 22, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- AAI Unmanned Aircraft Systems, an operating unit of Textron Systems, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today that the company has completed a fee-for-service operation on behalf of the U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Dahlgren Division. NSWC Dahlgren has been chartered to conduct UAV flights in conjunction with tests of various types of ground radars and capture and analyze those results. AAI provided its experienced operators in a fee-for-service based arrangement using the Aerosonde UAV in support of those operations.

The Aerosonde Mark 4 series UAV performed this maritime mission profile by conducting pre-programmed flights over water at altitudes of only a few hundred feet at more than 20 miles from shore. The Aerosonde crew used a satellite system in conducting this beyond-line-of-sight (BLOS) operation.

"Our team has years of BLOS experience, gaining notoriety by flying a similar maritime mission in support of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in 2007 where the Aerosonde flew for seven hours inside Hurricane Noel as part of its 17 hour flight," said AAI Division Vice President of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Stephen Flach. "Our skilled operators and maintainers supported the eight-hour NSWC mission flights flawlessly which is a testament to the caliber of the flight crew AAI employs."

About AAI

AAI Corporation and its indirect wholly owned subsidiaries Aerosonde Pty Ltd and ESL Defence Limited design, produce and support industry-leading aerospace and defense products and services, including unmanned aircraft and ground control technologies; high-fidelity training and simulation systems; automated aerospace test and maintenance equipment; armament systems; and logistical, engineering, supply chain and operational support services. AAI Corporation is an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Textron Inc. More information is available at www.aaicorp.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.

SOURCE: Textron Inc.

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