Textron Defense Systems' Scorpion Excels During Final Demonstration

June 20, 2011

Live-Fire Event Showcases System Performance and Reliability

WILMINGTON, Mass., Jun 20, 2011 (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 its final government design verification field test. Held at Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona, the demonstration evaluated the Scorpion system's ability to detect and track individual and multiple targets, as well as engage vehicle targets. Its munitions dispensing module (DM) and networked munitions controller also were evaluated for reliability and performance. The Scorpion system performed successfully throughout the multi-day event. In a demonstration of operational effectiveness, the Scorpion obstacle engaged and stopped a column of tracked vehicles in a "many-on-many" test scenario.

"Our Scorpion is the first and only networked munitions system developed in accordance with the U.S. Army's current safety standards for munitions controllers, which are the DO-178B and the Army Fuze Safety Review Board Guidelines' Appendix C. It is a scalable and highly effective force protection asset," says Textron Defense Systems Senior Vice President and General Manager Ellen Lord. "With each demonstration, we've been able to further enhance system performance and reliability of a munition that also reduces risk to non-combatants and friendly forces."

Textron Defense Systems' Scorpion consists of an advanced networked munitions controller and a munitions DM. The controller provides situational awareness and positive control of the Scorpion munitions, and is extensible to control both lethal and non-lethal effects. It fuses sensor data from a single DM or a field of networked DMs to detect, track, classify, report, engage and destroy targets. The DM is comprised of wide-area, top-attack anti-vehicle munitions that are immune to traditional breaching techniques. The Scorpion system provides an active obstacle capability that scales from combat outpost protection to large-scale battlefield shaping. In addition, Textron Defense Systems has designed all of its ground-based smart weapons to both improve warfighter capability and reduce risk to non-combatants. The Scorpion system requires man-in-the-loop operator decisions to hinder enemy approach while protecting friendly forces.

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 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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