Textron Businesses Showcase a Broad Commercial and Military Product Lineup at Dubai Airshow

November 07, 2017

PROVIDENCE, R.I.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Bell Helicopter, Textron Aviation Inc., Textron Aviation Defense LLC, Textron Systems, and TRU Simulation + Training, all businesses of Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT), will showcase a vast product portfolio at the Dubai Airshow—one of the world’s largest and most important aerospace events. The show takes place November 12-16 at DWC, Dubai Airshow Site. Textron will be displaying at the Textron Chalet A43 to A45 located outside the exhibition hall.

“The Dubai Airshow is an ideal venue to display our unique range of tactical turboprop and jet aircraft, unmanned aircraft, precision weapons and aviation training solutions in the Middle East—one of the world’s fastest growing aerospace regions,” says Scott Donnelly, Textron’s Chairman and CEO. “We are excited to bring so many of our latest products and technologies together in one exhibition.”

Bell Helicopter

Bell Helicopter invites attendees to the Textron chalet. This year, attendees will have the opportunity to speak with subject matter experts and learn about Bell Helicopter’s full line of aircraft. Visitors will also have the opportunity to learn more about the company’s integrated global support and service offerings, including Bell Helicopter’s Customer Advantage Plans which provide customers with total aircraft coverage through the entire lifecycle of the aircraft.

Attendees will get to view several aircraft mockups on static display including:

  • Bell 505 Jet Ranger X is the perfect military trainer, which offers incredible value unlike any other helicopter in its class. Designed to be easier and safer to fly thanks to its superior standard equipment and state-of-the-art Garmin 1000H TM glass cockpit.
  • Bell 525 Relentless, with its luxurious and decadent interior, is also designed to be the safest, most technologically advanced commercial helicopter in its class. The 525 is the first fly-by-wire commercial helicopter in the world.
  • Bell V-280 Valor is an aircraft that will provide unmatched speed, range, payload, agility, survivability and endurance at an affordable cost.

In addition, the Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey will also be exhibited at the show. The Osprey routinely performs a variety of global missions as the most in-demand aircraft with the United States Marine Corps. The flexibility of tiltrotor is repeatedly demonstrated in crisis response and humanitarian relief campaigns, and the V-22 continues to transform rotorcraft operations everywhere.

Textron Aviation

Textron Aviation and Textron Aviation Defense, a subsidiary of Textron Aviation Inc., will be highlighting their defense and special mission capabilities at the Dubai Air Show this year, including a static display of the innovative Scorpion and special mission-equipped Beechcraft King Air 350i and Cessna Grand Caravan EX.

The Scorpion is a bold, new, adaptable multi-role tactical jet with unparalleled acquisition and operating costs. Designed and built with leading-edge technologies, the Scorpion’s modular and scalable architecture allows for the ease of future upgrade requirements, ensuring the platform can evolve with changing defense needs. The Scorpion excels at intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR), armed reconnaissance, close air support (CAS), and light attack missions with its twin-engine jet speeds and ability to precisely and quietly locate and engage enemy targets. A next-generation combat aircraft, the Scorpion has the ability to carry multiple sensors to deliver precision weapons via three payload bays and six hard points, delivering a tactical advantage to even the most demanding situations.

Throughout the week, Textron Aviation Defense will also display the King Air 350i and Cessna Grand Caravan EX, featuring flexible interiors designed for numerous special mission applications. Aboard the aircraft will be a surveillance console, medical stretcher and a variety of seating configurations. Also on display will be a mockup of the hard point provisions for the Cessna Grand Caravan EX platform.

Textron Systems

Textron Systems will exhibit the NIGHTWARDEN Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System (TUAS), Aerosonde HQ, G-CLAW precision weapon system and FURY precision guided weapon at the 2017 Dubai Airshow.

Textron Systems’ family of TUAS offers unparalleled experience with more than one million flight hours from operations around the world. At the Dubai Airshow, Textron Systems will display its latest TUAS platform—the NIGHTWARDEN system. This next-generation platform offers greater endurance and payload capacity than the company’s other TUAS. With a dual-payload configuration, extended endurance and a satellite communications capability, the NIGHTWARDEN TUAS offers great flexibility and power to meet various mission requirements.

The Aerosonde HQ, which combines maturity and reliability with mission flexibility and a very small operational footprint, will also be showcased. The Aerosonde HQ incorporates the vertical takeoff and landing capabilities of a multi-rotor platform with the proven efficiency, range and speed of the Aerosonde Small Unmanned Aircraft System (SUAS) fixed-wing aircraft. This capability may be integrated onto existing or new Aerosonde systems, within 30 minutes, yielding an extremely diverse mission set.

Textron Systems will also highlight two products from its Weapon & Sensor Systems business, the G-CLAW and FURY precision guided weapon systems. The FURY and G-CLAW precision guided weapons utilize global positioning system/inertial navigation system and a Semi-Active Laser Seeker, to provide high levels of accuracy for weapon guidance and target engagement. Both systems utilize advanced warhead designs and a tri-mode fuze for maximizing lethality against a wide range of targets.

For more information on Textron Systems’ current product line, visit the official Textron Systems website, or contact Textron Systems Public Relations.

TRU Simulation + Training

TRU Simulation + Training delivers innovative aviation training solutions to the commercial and military markets while providing superior technical support and customer service. TRU continues to serve as a total training solutions provider in the Middle East with current airline customers, such as Oman Air and Air Arabia, bringing a turn-key solution through the Train @ Home model which provides not only state-of-the-art Airbus and Boeing Full Flight Simulators (FFS), but also 24/7 support and maintenance services. TRU will announce shortly new leading-edge training technology to be utilized in the UAE beginning December 2018, further closing the gap between simulation and reality for today’s pilots in training.

TRU will have senior executives available to answer questions about TRU’s total training solutions.

About Bell Helicopter

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. For more information, visit www.bellhelicopter.com.

About Textron Aviation Inc.

Textron Aviation Inc. is the leading general aviation authority and home to the Beechcraft, Cessna and Hawker brands, which account for more than half of all general aviation aircraft flying. For more than 90 years, the Textron Aviation brands have represented unrivaled innovation, performance and leadership in the industry, offering an unmatched value proposition rooted in the total ownership experience. Leveraging unparalleled speed-to-market, Textron Aviation provides the most versatile and comprehensive business and general aviation product portfolio in the world through five principal lines of business: business jets, general aviation and special mission turboprop aircraft, high performance piston aircraft, military trainer and defense aircraft and a complete global customer service organization. Textron Aviation has delivered more than 250,000 aircraft in over 143 countries. Its broad range of products include such best-selling aircraft as Citation business jets, King Air and Caravan turboprops and T-6 military trainer aircraft, all of which are backed by the industry’s most capable global service network. For more information, visit www.txtav.com.

About Textron Aviation Defense LLC

When customers need airborne solutions for their critical missions, they turn to Textron Aviation Defense LLC (formerly known as Beechcraft Defense)—a company offering innovative aviation platforms with state-of-the-art technologies, superior performance and the flight characteristics required to fit numerous military and special mission profiles. Textron Aviation Defense offers the innovative Scorpion, a bold new adaptable multi-mission military jet with unparalleled acquisition and operating costs, as well as the leading military flight trainer, the Beechcraft T-6 Texan and the world-class light attack and armed reconnaissance platform, the Beechcraft AT-6 Wolverine. For more information, visit www.defense.txtav.com.

About Textron Systems

Textron Systems’ businesses develop and integrate products, services and support for aerospace and defense customers, as well as civil and commercial customers including those in law enforcement, security, border patrol and critical infrastructure protection around the globe. Harnessing agility and a broad base of expertise, Textron Systems’ innovative businesses design, manufacture, field and support comprehensive solutions that expand customer capabilities and deliver value. Textron Systems consists of its Advanced Information Solutions, Electronic Systems, Geospatial Solutions, Lycoming Engines, Marine & Land Systems, Support Solutions, TRU Simulation + Training, Unmanned Systems and Weapon & Sensor Systems businesses. Textron Systems Electronic Systems is a registered trade name of AAI Corporation. For more information, visit www.textronsystems.com.

About TRU Simulation + Training

TRU Simulation + Training Inc., a Textron Inc. company, delivers innovative, total aviation training solutions to the commercial and military markets while providing superior technical support and customer service. Headquartered in Goose Creek, S.C., the company is known for its high-fidelity training devices, pilot and maintenance training, military mission training, and aviation training services and support. For more information, visit www.TRUsimulation.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, Beechcraft, Hawker, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Greenlee, Textron Off Road, Arctic Cat, Textron Systems, and TRU Simulation + Training. For more information, visit www.textron.com.

Certain statements in this press release are forward-looking statements which may project revenues or describe strategies, goals, outlook or other non-historical matters; these statements speak only as of the date on which they are made, and we undertake no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements. These statements are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors that may cause our actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to, the efficacy of research and development investments to develop new products or unanticipated expenses in connection with the launching of significant new products or programs; the timing of our new product launches or certifications of our new aircraft products; our ability to keep pace with our competitors in the introduction of new products and upgrades with features and technologies desired by our customers; changes in foreign military funding priorities or budget constraints and determinations; changes in government regulations or policies on the export and import of our products; volatility in the global economy or changes in worldwide political conditions that adversely impact demand for our products; volatility in interest rates or foreign exchange rates; risks related to our international business, including relying on joint venture partners, subcontractors, suppliers, representatives, consultants and other business partners in connection with international business, including in emerging market countries; and demand softness or volatility in the markets in which we do business.

Source: Textron

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