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AAI Test & Training Wins $12.7 Million U.S. Air Force B-1 ARTS Program

ANAHEIM, Calif., Sept. 10, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- AUTOTESTCON 2012 — AAI Test & Training, an operating unit of Textron Systems, a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, announced today that it has received a $12.7 million award from the U.S. Air Force for the B-1 Advanced Radar/Electronic Warfare Test Station (ARTS) program. Under the 30-month basic contract, the first task will be to provide three B-1 ARTS automatic test equipment (ATE) systems, as well as several line-replaceable unit test program sets, or LRU TPS, unique to specific components of the system under test. Also included will be station self-test and calibration equipment, six application development environments and data products for all supplied systems. Contract options could span up to seven additional years and include the addition of 20 B-1 ARTS ATE systems, plus the required support equipment. B-1 ARTS will be utilized by both Air Force and Air National Guard end users.

"Our B1-ARTS system is compatible with the Air Force's Versatile Depot Automatic Test Station for seamless integration into existing test architectures," says Senior Vice President and General Manager Robert Peters of AAI Test & Training. "We also made use of available, off-the-shelf ATE design for affordability. Together, our approach was intended to offer precise, reliable testing and great value to meet our customer's requirements today and into the future."

AAI Test & Training's test systems are in use by every branch of the U.S. military, as well as numerous allies around the world.

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Betania Magalhaes

Textron Systems Corporation                                              

(978) 657-2020                                                 

About AAI Test & Training

AAI Test & Training has decades of experience designing and manufacturing innovative, high-technology test equipment for the lab, training range, depot, flight line, factory and more — delivering the most reliable, top-performing solutions with superb customer care. In addition, AAI provides high-fidelity training devices and solutions, as well as training needs and systems requirements analysis. Its U.K.-based strategic business, ESL Defence Limited, provides electronic warfare test and training solutions. AAI Test & Training 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 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 .

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 .    

Certain statements in this press release may project revenues or describe strategies, goals, outlook or other non-historical matters; these 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 forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to, the risks related to U.S. Government contracts as described in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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