AAI Test & Training's ABE(R) Selected for Eurofighter Typhoon EF-2000 Boresighting

September 15, 2011

$2.2 Million Award Includes Three Systems for the Royal Air Force

HUNT VALLEY, Md., Sep 12, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- AAI Test & Training, an operating unit of Textron Systems, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today that it has been awarded $2.2 million by EADS-Deutschland, Cassidian for three Model 310A Advanced Boresight Equipment (ABE) systems to support Eurofighter Typhoon EF-2000 aircraft operated by the United Kingdom's Royal Air Force. To date, AAI Test & Training has delivered EADS-Deutschland, Cassidian 18 ABE systems for the Eurofighter Typhoon EF-2000, supporting aircraft operated by the United Kingdom, Austria, Germany, Italy, Spain and Saudi Arabia.

"Our ABE system is a reliable, time-tested boresighting solution that provides warfighters the data they need to ascertain the mission readiness of their critical avionics and armament systems," says AAI Test & Training Senior Vice President & General Manager Bob Peters. "It is easy to use and significantly reduces end-to-end harmonization time compared to legacy boresighting systems. For these reasons, the ABE system is trusted by aircraft operators and aircraft manufacturers alike."

ABE is a gyro-stabilized, electro-optical angular measurement system designed to align aircraft subsystems. Because the ABE system supports concurrent maintenance and does not require aircraft to be jacked and leveled during the boresight procedure, both depot- and operational-level users can maintain schedules and reduce phase maintenance costs. These features also support increased manufacturing throughput for original equipment manufacturers, or OEMs.

AAI Test & Training's ABE system is utilized by the U.S. Air Force, Army, Marine Corps and Navy for both weaponized and cargo aircraft used to support tactical and peacetime efforts. In addition, the systems have been embraced by several allied nations. More than 160 ABE systems have been fielded around the world, supporting more than 20 different aircraft platforms.

About AAI Test & Training

AAI Test & Training has decades of experience designing and manufacturing innovative, high-technology test equipment for the lab, training range, depot, flight line, factory and more -- delivering the most reliable, top-performing solutions with superb customer care. In addition, AAI provides high-fidelity training devices and solutions, as well as training needs and systems requirements analysis. Its U.K.-based strategic business, ESL Defence Limited, provides electronic warfare test and training solutions. AAI Test & Training is an operating unit of Textron Systems. More information is available at http://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 http://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 http://www.textron.com.

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