MicroObserver(R) Unattended Ground Sensor System Wins Border Security Award

MicroObserver(R) Unattended Ground Sensor System Wins Border Security Award

WILMINGTON, Mass., March 14, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Textron Defense Systems,
an operating unit of Textron Systems, a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company,
announced today its MicroObserver® Unattended Ground Sensor (UGS) systemhas
been named "Best Outdoor/Ground Sensor" byGSN:Government Security Newsas
part of the publication's inaugural Border Security Awards program.
MicroObserver earned the top honor, a Platinum Award, in its Detection
Solutions product category. Currently in use by the U.S. Army as well as
customers in the Middle East, the MicroObserver UGS system delivers actionable
intelligence with new levels of covertness, ease-of-use and performance that
greatly enhances border surveillance and monitoring.

Winners of the 2013 GSN Border Security Awards were announced on Monday, March
11, prior to the start of the7th Annual Border Security Expoin Phoenix.
Entries were reviewed by a panel of independent judges led by Chuck Brooks,
first director of legislative affairs for the Science and Technology
Directorate of the Department of Homeland Security and a defense and foreign
policy advisor to the late Senator Arlen Specter.

"The MicroObserver UGS system is a proven border security solution, and we're
honored to have its capabilities acknowledged with this award," said Textron
Defense Systems Vice President, Advanced Weapons & Sensors, Henry Finneral.
"In addition to delivering cost-effective actionable intelligence,
MicroObserver is easy for the user to operate, maintain and upgrade, making it
one of the most effective tools available for land border protection."

MicroObserver utilizes advanced tracking and seismic detection technology to
reduce false alarms over other UGS. MicroObserver detects, classifies, tracks
and displays actionable intelligence, showing the position, direction and
speed of threats (both personnel and vehicles). This makes it easier to
determine the location of items of interest and intercept them. MicroObserver
can be used as a standalone solution or as part of an integrated solution to
provide critical coverage in radar or camera blind spots.

Additional information about Textron Defense Systems' unattended ground sensor
solutions is available atwww.textrondefense.com/products/isr/ugs.php.

Public Relations Team

Textron Systems

(978) 657-2020


About Textron Defense Systems

Textron Defense Systems employs advanced technology and industry-leading
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 vehicle 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. Textron Defense
Systems is an operating unit of Textron Systems. 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 Providence, R.I., 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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