Colombian Army Acquires 28 Additional COMMANDO Armored Personnel Carriers from Textron Marine & Land Systems

Colombian Army Acquires 28 Additional COMMANDO Armored Personnel Carriers from 
Textron Marine & Land Systems 
NEW ORLEANS, LA   -- (Marketwired) -- 08/22/13 --  Textron Marine &
Land Systems (TM&LS), an operating unit of Textron Systems, a Textron
Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today a $31.6 million contract
award from the U.S. Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command
(TACOM) to provide 28 COMMANDOTM Advanced Armored Personnel Carriers
(APCs), with 40mm/.50 cal remote turrets, to the Colombian Army
(COLAR). Initial APC deliveries to the U.S. Army, for shipping to
Colombia, are expected to begin in November, with all vehicles
scheduled to be completed and transferred by April 2014. 
The contract also includes repair services on two damaged Armored
Personnel Carriers in the COLAR's inventory, which consists of 39
COMMANDO Advanced APCs in operation with its Armored Cavalry units.
These repairs will coincide with vehicle support service work on
COLAR APCs awarded to TM&LS earlier this year. 
Since fielding its APCs in May 2010, the COLAR has employed them
extensively while combating internal revolutionary forces in
Colombia. These vehicles have provided the mobility, protection and
firepower needed to meet all COLAR tactical armored vehicle
"Our Colombian Army customer values the performance, operator
protection and reliability they have experienced with our COMMANDO
APCs during more than three years of demanding operations," said
Textron Marine & Land Systems Senior Vice President and General
Manager Tom Walmsley. "We're pleased to be growing this relationship
and providing the Colombian Army with this important asset for its
Cavalry units." 
The COMMANDO Advanced APC is an extended version of the Armored
Security Vehicle, combat proven by the U.S. Army and other militaries
in locations including Afghanistan and Iraq for more than 10 years.
The APC's additional two feet in length and six inches in internal
height allow greater troop carrying capacity. These vehicles offer
excellent on-road and off-road mobility, enabling them to operate in
urban, jungle, desert and mountainous terrain. Crew protection is
reinforced with a V-shaped hull bottom and 360-degree protection from
direct fire. 
Rigorously tested and proven in the toughest environments, the
COMMANDO family of vehicles offers a range of protection options,
unmatched on-road/off-road mobility and ample firepower. TM&LS
produces four lines of COMMANDO four-wheeled vehicles - COMMANDO
Utility, COMMANDO Advanced, COMMANDO Select and COMMANDO Elite. 
As an end-to-end armored vehicle provider, TM&LS offers customers a
wide range of COMMANDO products and services. Within the COMMANDO
family of vehicle lines, TM&LS has recently developed an enhanced
recapitalization solution for HMMWVs, a 4x4 mortar vehicle, and
command and control integration. Coordinated logistics support
ensures proper fielding, training, maintenance and related services
throughout each vehicle's life cycle.  
About Textron Marine & Land Systems 
Textron Marine & Land Systems designs, produces and supports advanced
wheeled combat vehicles and cutting-edge maritime craft used by U.S.
and international armed forces, as well as civilian entities around
the globe. Its COMMANDO family of armored vehicles offers a full
range of vehicle options delivering enhanced survivability, mobility,
lethality and sustainability. Textron Marine & Land Systems'
innovative turret technology and related subsystems also deliver
outstanding performance and reliability. Its strategic business,
MillenWorks, operates an Engineering Center of Excellence with a
reputation as a highly sought-after solution center, which designs
and develops advanced mobility solutions for demanding on- and
off-road applications. Textron Marine & Land Systems is an operating
unit of Textron Systems. More information is available at 
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, Aerosonde, ESL Defence, Lycoming Engines, Medical Numerics,
MillenWorks, Overwatch, Textron Defense Systems and Textron Marine &
Land Systems. More information is available at 
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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
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