AAI Logistics & Technical Services Is First UAS Training Provider to Earn Sweden's Training Provider Certification

December 19, 2011

HUNT VALLEY, Md., Dec 19, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) --AAI Logistics & Technical Services, an operating unit of Textron Systems, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today that it has earned the highly selective Sweden Armed Forces Technical School maintenance training provider certification. It is the first unmanned aircraft system (UAS) training provider to have earned this designation, and only the sixth altogether; other recipients specialize in fixed- and rotary-wing manned assets.

The Sweden Armed Forces Technical School requires certification of all training providers to ensure quality for their personnel, as well as conformance to their standards. AAI Logistics & Technical Services' training program for the Shadow(R) Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System has been verified to conform with Swedish Rules of Military Aviation RML-V-7F, which specifies standards, training levels and content, as well as other theoretical and practical training elements. AAI Logistics & Technical Services is currently conducting a second round of Shadow system training for Swedish maintainer and operator trainees. The Shadow Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System is a product of fellow Textron Systems operating unit AAI Unmanned Aircraft Systems.

"Our capabilities stand on the thorough approach we take to identifying and meeting customer training requirements, as well as the experience of our talented UAS training staff, many of whom are former military UAS operators themselves," says Senior Vice President and General Manager Diane Giuliani. "That kind of experience goes well beyond the ABCs of product operation and maintenance. We help trainees learn to make the most of UAS assets to support mission success."

AAI Logistics & Technical Services provides a broad range of UAS training services, and its instructors support classroom, simulation and hands-on training techniques for the most positive learning outcomes. The company's Sweden Armed Forces Technical School training provider certification remains valid for an unlimited duration provided its services remain in compliance.

About AAI Logistics & Technical Services

AAI Logistics & Technical Services delivers comprehensive life cycle support, sustainment and operational services for defense and security equipment, and is a leading provider of unmanned systems services. With experienced logisticians, maintainers and operators that can be deployed rapidly around the globe, the business offers affordable solutions that deliver superior asset availability and reliable performance, including award-winning performance based logistics, contractor logistics support, depot support, supply chain management, training, and repair and overhaul services. AAI Logistics & Technical Services is an operating unit of Textron Systems. More information is available at www.aaicorp.com.

About Textron Systems

Textron Systems has been providing innovative solutions to the defense, homeland security and aerospace communities for more than 50 years. Headquartered in Wilmington, Mass., the company is 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 and operational services. Textron Systems includes AAI Logistics & Technical Services, AAI Test & Training, AAI Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Advanced Systems, Aerosonde, ESL Defence, Lycoming Engines, Medical Numerics, MillenWorks, Overwatch, Textron Defense Systems and Textron Marine & Land Systems. 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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