Bell Helicopter to Exhibit Military and Commercial Aircraft at LIMA 2015

March 13, 2015

SINGAPORE (March 13, 2014) – Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today its plans to exhibit and showcase the Bell UH-1Y and Bell 429 WLG on static display during LIMA 2015, March 17 - 21 in Langkawi, Malaysia.

“We are excited to participate at LIMA and to promote our highly capable, customer-driven aircraft and award-winning customer support to defense, civil and commercial operators in the region,” said Patrick Moulay, Bell Helicopter’s vice president of global sales and marketing. “Bell Helicopter is committed to growing industrial relationships in Malaysia, as well as bringing to market modern aircraft that deliver the greatest economic value to our global customers’ bottom line.”

Subject matter experts will be available to discuss Bell’s latest military and commercial rotorcraft and customer support offerings at their stand (#B710) and at the aircraft on static display.

In partnership with the US Marine Corps (USMC), Bell Helicopter will showcase the Bell UH-1Y, the world’s premiere maritime helicopter, on display in the United States Department of Defense (DoD) Corral. The presence of the USMC comes on the heels of a successful bilateral exercise with the Malaysian Armed Forces featuring the UH-1Y and Bell Boeing V-22 tiltrotor. The Bell UH-1Y represents a giant leap in capability for the USMC with upgrades in ISR, targeting, precision fires, lift, and operational reach to support the utility and attack mission spectrum.

The 21st century multi-role capabilities of the Bell UH-1Y and AH-1Z are ideally suited to the Asia Pacific and the maritime environment of Malaysia. The marinized airframes are well-matched to state-of-the-art sensors and also provide superior corrosion resistance in sea/coastal/humid environments. With 85 percent of parts common to both the Yankee and Zulu, costs related to logistics footprint, training costs and burdens on the supply system are significantly reduced when purchased together.

A Bell 429 WLG, a light twin-engine helicopter featuring retractable wheeled landing gear, will also be on static display. The Bell 429 offers exceptional flight performance with a fully integrated glass cockpit, advanced drive system and best-in-class WAAS navigation and Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) capability certified for single or dual pilot operations. Additional safety features include a collective mounted throttle, damage tolerant hub and rotor system, and energy attenuating seats. It is the first helicopter certified through the MSG-3 process, resulting in reduced maintenance costs for operators. The buyer will take advantage of the Bell 429 WLG’s spacious cabin with extra large 60 inch side doors, as well as retractable landing gear for ground taxi operations.

Participation at LIMA kicks-off a cross-country demonstration tour of the Bell 429 WLG aircraft that will cover Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, and Bangladesh through June 2015.

All Bell helicopters are backed by renowned in-service support, voted #1 by Bell customers 21 consecutive years. Bell Helicopter has the largest support network in the industry with more than 100 authorized customer service facilities (CSFs) in 34 countries.

Singapore is home to Bell Helicopter’s Asia Service Center, a shared facility with Textron Aviation, which offers both sales and aftermarket support for customers in the region. The facility serves as a global distribution center of Bell Helicopter parts and assemblies and Aeronautical Accessories branded products. The Singapore Supply Service Center focuses on completions, customization, MRO and maintenance training for a variety of Bell aircraft including the Bell 206, Bell 407 and Bell 412.

There are also 18 Customer Support Facilities (CSFs) and 13 Customer Service Engineers (CSEs) supporting Bell operators in the Asia-Pacific region.

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Bell Helicopter, a wholly owned subsidiary of Textron Inc., is an industry-leading producer of commercial and military, manned and unmanned vertical-lift aircraft and the pioneer of the revolutionary tiltrotor aircraft. Globally recognized for world-class customer service, innovation and superior quality, Bell's global workforce serves customers flying Bell aircraft in more than 120 countries. More information is available at www.bellhelicopter.com.

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