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Common Unmanned Surface Vessel Ushers in New Era of Naval Mine Countermeasure Operations



Common Unmanned Surface Vessel Ushers in New Era of Naval Mine Countermeasure
Operations

Two Unmanned Surface Vessels Demonstrated Mine Warfare Detect-to-Engage
Sequence During U.S. Navy's Trident Warrior 2012 Experiment

LAS VEGAS, Aug. 6, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- AUVSI Unmanned Systems North
America 2012 — Textron Systems Advanced Systems, an operating unit of Textron
Systems, a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, announced today that its
Fleet-class Common Unmanned Surface Vessels (CUSV) successfully demonstrated
the ability to conduct collaborative unmanned mine-hunting and
mine-neutralization operations during the Trident Warrior 2012 U.S. Navy Fleet
Experiment, July 9–20, at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton.

The CUSV team executed real-time, mine warfare detect-to-engage scenarios on
six separate occasions, during which two CUSVs controlled by one operator from
a single control station detected and prosecuted "exercise" mines in a
minefield laid by the U.S. Navy.

In these scenarios one CUSV, utilizing the U.S. Navy's tactical decision aid –
called MEDAL – developed by SAIC, moved into the mine danger area and
autonomously deployed an L-3 Klein 5000 V2 Side Scan Sonar to mine hunt the
suspected minefield. Mine hunting was successfully conducted during both day
and night operations and in challenging sea state conditions. The CUSVs were
outfitted with Harris SeaLancetTM RT-1944/U data links, which relayed all
sonar and vehicle control information to a shore-based AAI Universal Command &
Control Station (UCCS). When a mine-like object was detected and plotted on
the UCCS geographical screen, the position information was sent to a second
CUSV. The second CUSV then maneuvered into the mine danger area. Once
appropriately positioned, it deployed both a tracking transducer and an ATLAS
North America SeaFoxTM unmanned vehicle for investigation, identification and
simulated mine neutralization.

"During Trident Warrior 2012 our CUSV demonstrated a faster, more efficient,
more effective and, most importantly, a much safer way of conducting the
difficult task of mine countermeasure operations," said Textron Systems
Advanced Systems Senior Vice President and General Manager Don Hairston. "The
ability to execute the mine warfare detect-to-engage sequence from unmanned
vessels reduces risk and lessens the requirement for men in the minefield.
Moving forward, this is a real game changer."

Trident Warrior is directed by Navy Warfare Development Command (NWDC), and
was sponsored this year by the U.S. Pacific Fleet and U.S. 3rd Fleet in
conjunction with the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2012 exercise. Trident
Warrior is part of NWDC's Fleet experimentation program, during which
participants experiment with maritime initiatives and technologies in an
operational environment to improve capabilities available to the fleet.

With the conclusion of Trident Warrior 2012, Textron Systems' CUSV has amassed
more than 1,000 total hours of in-water operation. CUSV also took part in
Trident Warrior 2011, where it successfully demonstrated sliding autonomy,
enabling autonomous and man-in-the-loop vessel operations, and non-lethal
weapon common payload command and control.

CUSV is a multi-mission and multi-payload capable Unmanned Surface Vessel
featuring commercial off-the-shelf modular open architecture, a reconfigurable
payload bay, and high tow force capability. Its maritime command and control
system is based upon AAI Unmanned Aircraft Systems' combat-proven One System®
architecture. CUSV users have the freedom to quickly deploy any payload
necessary to satisfy mission requirements including towing, mine
countermeasures, anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare, communications
relay, launch and recovery for unmanned aircraft, underwater systems, and
intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.

A short video showing Textron Systems' CUSVs during Trident Warrior 2012 is
available here.

One System is a registered trademark of the U.S. Army.

Tom Williams, APR

Textron Systems Corporation                                     

(410) 628-4683                                                       

tjwilliams@systems.textron.com

About Textron Systems Advanced Systems

Textron Systems Advanced Systems brings together cutting-edge technologies and
far-reaching innovations to satisfy emerging customer demands for reliable,
affordable solutions in the areas of security; intelligence, surveillance and
reconnaissance; and medical research. Its strategic business Overwatch is a
leading provider of intelligence software solutions and robust satellite
communications systems for U.S. and international defense, intelligence and
law enforcement communities. The Advanced Systems business also continues
efforts on light arms technologies and unmanned systems such as the Common
Unmanned Surface Vessel, or CUSV, conceived by AAI. Another strategic
business, Medical Numerics, provides processing and analysis software for
medical imaging research. Textron Systems Advanced Systems is an operating
unit of Textron Systems. More information is available at
www.textronsystems.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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The following pictures are available for download:

 [Image]  CUSV 1 DSC5795

 [Image]  CUSV 2_048

 [Image]  CUSV 1 DSC6037
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