Textron Defense Systems Earns CMMI(R) Maturity Level 3

February 22, 2011

WILMINGTON, Mass., Feb 22, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Textron Defense Systems, an operating unit of Textron Systems, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today that the company's Wilmington, Mass., headquarters has been appraised at Maturity Level 3 of the Capability Maturity Model® Integration for Development Version 1.2 (CMMI-DEV). The Standard CMMI Appraisal Method for Process Improvement Version 1.2 Class A, or SCAMPISM A, was used to provide this benchmark quality rating. A CMMI Maturity Level 3 rating is an explicit requirement in many U.S. military development solicitations to ensure process maturity, continuous improvement and best value for customers.

The CMMI process improvement model was developed by the Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute, a research and development center funded by the U.S. Department of Defense. Maturity Level 3 (ML3) means that engineering and program management standard processes are well characterized and understood across the organization.

"Continuous improvement is at the heart of our operational strategy. When we stay focused on productivity and efficiency, we can deliver our customers the best possible products -- affordably and rapidly," said Senior Vice President and General Manager Ellen Lord. "CMMI Level 3 comes from our several hundred employees achieving this quality benchmark every day. Meeting the rigorous requirements of CMMI confirms that our ongoing efforts to establish and improve standard processes are making us more efficient and competitive."

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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