Textron AirLand Scorpion Participates in USNORTHCOM’s VIGILANT GUARD Exercise

  Textron AirLand Scorpion Participates in USNORTHCOM’s VIGILANT GUARD
  Exercise

 Less than two weeks after returning from its international debut in the UK,
Scorpion begins Operational Testing during the National Guard’s VIGILANT GUARD
                          exercise in Salina, Kansas

Business Wire

WICHITA, Kan. -- August 14, 2014

Textron AirLand, LLC, a joint venture between Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) and
AirLand Enterprises, LLC, today announced that its Scorpion aircraft has
completed operations in support of VIGILANT GUARD 2014, a Northern Command and
Kansas National Guard training exercise demonstrating the capabilities of
emergency response agencies at all levels of government, both military and
civil. With over 2,000 local, state, and federal personnel participating,
Scorpion provided color High Definition multi-spectral aerial reconnaissance
full motion video and communications with other aircraft and ground stations
from 4-6 August 2014. Demonstrating a 100% mission availability rate, Scorpion
supported rapidly changing events on the ground, providing the Joint Task
Force Commander crucial incident awareness to dynamically re-task surveillance
and first responder teams as the complex disaster relief scenarios evolved.

During VIGILANT GUARD, Scorpion provided color High Definition multi-spectral
aerial reconnaissance ...

During VIGILANT GUARD, Scorpion provided color High Definition multi-spectral
aerial reconnaissance full motion video and communications with other aircraft
and ground stations.

Integration of the Helmet Mounted Cueing System (HMCS) enabled Textron
AirLand’s Mission Commander, Andy Vaughan, also a Traditional Guardsman and
A-10C pilot, to maintain eyes on target while managing the Electro Optical and
Infra Red sensor for optimal full-motion imagery downlink feed to the Kansas
Air National Guard 184^th Intelligence Wing Geospatial Operations Analysis
Team. With Scorpion’s video feed, the 184^th IW was able to create and
disseminate 30 complex intelligence assessment products to the 35^th Infantry
Division Tactical Operations Center (TOC) and Joint Task Force Commander for
decisive and efficient command and control of first responder personnel. “It
was great to start operationally testing Scorpion at home in Kansas in
real-world scenarios and provide validation that our aircraft design and
performance goals are exactly what we had hoped for,” stated Vaughan after
completing the VIGILANT GUARD missions. Scorpion participated in a variety of
scenarios which included a simulated train derailment, chemical spill,
infrastructure damage, medical evacuations and recovery operations. These
activities were coordinated daily with Army North Command and Northern Command
operations staff.

Only eight months after first flight and having just returned from its
international debut in Europe, Scorpion continues to demonstrate the
reliability of its commercial best-practices development heritage and proven
systems integration to perform these Air National Guard Title 10 and 32
missions and validate its efficient operating economics. With an affordable
acquisition and operating cost, Scorpion’s value proposition and diverse
multi-mission integration capabilities are unmatched by other aircraft
platforms.

For a closer look at the Scorpion and its multi-mission capabilities, please
visit www.ScorpionJet.com. Downloadable images and videos of recent test
flights are available in the Scorpion Media Gallery.

About Textron

Textron 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 and Textron Systems. More information is
available at www.textron.com.

About Textron AirLand, LLC

Textron AirLand, LLC is a joint venture between Textron Inc. and AirLand
Enterprises, LLC with the purpose of designing and manufacturing an
affordable, capable jet platform based on commercially available technologies
and processes for the tactical military jet aviation market. More information
about our initial aircraft is available at www.ScorpionJet.com.

About AirLand Enterprises, LLC

AirLand Enterprises, LLC was formed by a group of experienced aerospace and
defense executives dedicated to bringing an effective, low-cost, ISR/Strike
jet todomestic and international military markets, replacing aging aircraft
and complimenting high-end multi-role fighters.

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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 military products; volatility in the global
economy or changes in worldwide political conditions that adversely impact
demand for our products; performance issues with key suppliers or
subcontractors; and continued demand softness or volatility in the markets in
which we do business.

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Contact:

Textron
Investor Contact:
Doug Wilburne, 401-457-2288
or
Robert Bridge, 401-457-2288
or
Media Contact:
David Sylvestre, 401-457-2362
 
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