Textron Systems and Bell Helicopter Launch Huntsville-Based Integration and Collaboration Laboratories

Textron Systems and Bell Helicopter Launch Huntsville-Based Integration and
Collaboration Laboratories

Capabilities Include Manned/Unmanned Teaming, Training and Simulation

HUNTSVILLE, Ala., Dec. 4, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Textron Systems and Bell
Helicopter, Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) companies, announced today the opening of
the Textron Systems Integration and Collaboration Lab and Bell Helicopter/AAI
Unmanned Aircraft Systems Manned/Unmanned Operations (MUMO) Capability
Development Lab. Based at Textron Systems' Huntsville, Ala., location, these
labs combine live data feeds, high-fidelity simulated environments and field
equipment to enable rapid system integration and testing, and the
demonstration and proof of operational concepts.

The Textron Systems Integration and Collaboration Lab incorporates AAI
Unmanned Aircraft Systems' unmanned platforms, command and control solutions,
and training and simulation equipment, along with technologies for real-time
collaboration and tasking. Paired with live data feeds, the lab allows
customers to quickly integrate and troubleshoot new components and assets.

Similarly, the Bell Helicopter/AAI Unmanned Aircraft Systems MUMO Capability
Development Lab advances customer development of tactics, techniques and
procedures. A high-fidelity Kiowa Warrior simulator linked seamlessly with
unmanned assets, feeds and simulations supports the development of cognitive
skills for MUMO.

Applied to urgent customer requirements for rapid technology insertion,
increased collaboration and next-generation technologies, these labs offer:

  *Reduced testing cost
  *Decreased program risk
  *Accelerated fielding
  *High-fidelity tactics, techniques and procedures training for mission

"Our U.S. Department of Defense customers are facing a period of profound
change," says Textron Systems President and Chief Executive Officer Ellen
Lord. "Now more than ever, they need affordable technologies that can be
deployed rapidly against their most pressing requirements. These new lab
capabilities enable our customers to achieve this while reducing program risk.
As leaders in the unmanned and manned aviation domains, Textron Systems and
Bell Helicopter are uniquely positioned as technology partners for our
customers, keeping them on the leading edge as they envision and equip the
future force."

"We are not only exploring next-generation concepts for situational awareness,
we are rapidly developing both the solutions and cutting-edge technologies
that bring them to life. Working together, we will drive affordable mission
solutions for our customers and support the critical work they do — today and
into the future," says John Garrison, President and Chief Executive Officer of
Bell Helicopter.

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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 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.

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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forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made,
and we undertake no obligation to update them. 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
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