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Overwatch Appraised At CMRI(R) Maturity Level 5 For The Third Time

AUSTIN, Texas, March 12, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Overwatch, a strategic business of Textron Systems Advanced Systems, an operating unit of Textron Systems, a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, announced today that it has been appraised at Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI®) Maturity Level 5 by the CMMI Institute. Overwatch first attained this highest CMMI maturity level in 2007.

Versed in Cloud and thick-client application development techniques, Overwatch provides customers turnkey intelligence and geospatial software solutions designed to meet their specific needs and requirements. Its staff of engineers and software developers apply CMMI Level 5 software development processes, strong project management, and certified training and support to consistently deliver new and innovative product capabilities to customers.

"Our CMMI Level 5 processes and practices contribute to delivery of top-quality, high-performances software solutions for our Department of Defense, government and commercial customers," said Overwatch Director of Operational Excellence Celeste Yeakley. "Application of CMMI's respected program principles helps drive Overwatch's efforts to enhance productivity and attain well defined quality and process improvement objectives."

Developed by the Software Engineering Institute of Carnegie Mellon University under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Defense, CMMI ratings use a numeric scale, divided into five maturity levels, to assess acquisition programs, and product and service development processes or teams. CMMI Level 5 status is an internationally recognized process improvement maturity model applied to organizations utilizing the most rigorous and modern practices.

CMMI maturity levels are increasingly used by government agencies and Fortune 500® companies to evaluate the potential for organizations to deliver quality solutions on-time and within budget. Through the use of CMMI, Overwatch has established a framework for guiding product development and quality while reducing product costs through reliable, repeatable processes across departments.

Public Relations Team Textron Systems (978) 657-2020 PublicRelations@systems.textron.com

About Overwatch

Overwatch, a strategic business of Textron Systems Advanced Systems, an operating unit of Textron Systems, is the leading provider of integrated intelligence software solutions and services for today's U.S. and international defense and intelligence communities. For the past 20 years, Overwatch's intelligence solutions have supported decision makers, counter-terrorism analysts, warfighters and first responders by providing proven tools that simplify the integration, analysis and exploitation of intelligence in order to present a complete operational picture and accelerate the time-to-decision. More information is available at  www.overwatch.com .

About Textron Systems Advanced Systems

Textron Systems Advanced Systems brings together cutting-edge technologies and far-reaching innovations to satisfy emerging customer demands for reliable, affordable solutions in the areas of security; intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; and medical research. Its strategic business Overwatch is a leading provider of intelligence software solutions and robust satellite communications systems for U.S. and international defense, intelligence and law enforcement communities. The Advanced Systems business also continues efforts on light arms technologies and unmanned systems such as the Common Unmanned Surface Vessel, or CUSV, conceived by AAI. Another strategic business, Medical Numerics, provides processing and analysis software for medical imaging research. Textron Systems Advanced Systems is an operating unit of Textron Systems. More information is available at  www.textronsystems.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 .

CMMI®  is registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office by Carnegie Mellon University.

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