Textron Systems' Adaptable Radiation Area Monitor Designated as a Qualified Anti-Terrorism...

Mon Mar 24, 2008 4:15pm EDT

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Textron Systems' Adaptable Radiation Area Monitor Designated as a Qualified Anti-Terrorism Technology

      State-of-the-art Monitor Accurately Detects and Identifies
         Radioactive Materials in Real Time and at High Speeds
WILMINGTON, Mass.--(Business Wire)--
Textron Defense Systems, an operating unit of Textron Systems, a
Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, today announced that the U.S.
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has designated its Adaptable
Radiation Area Monitor (ARAM) as a Qualified Anti-Terrorism Technology
under the Support Anti-terrorism by Fostering Effective Technologies
Act (SAFETY Act).

   ARAM is a state-of-the-art spectroscopic monitoring system which
operates in fixed locations or within vehicles or backpacks, detecting
and identifying radioactive materials as well as medical and
industrial isotopes that may be used to make dirty bombs or
radiological weapons. ARAM can be deployed as the ARAM Spectroscopic
Portal, ARAM RadTruck, ARAM RadBoat and ARAM RadPack, giving customers
several solutions that can be used as standalone radiation monitors or
easily networked in a comprehensive security program on land and at
sea. In addition, ARAM has the ability to accurately detect and
identify minute quantities of radioactive materials in real time, even
while moving at speeds as fast as 50 miles per hour.

   "Receiving the SAFETY Act designation for our ARAM technology
provides recognition that our system can perform as an effective,
reliable and safe tool in the fight against terrorism," said Tom
McNamara, senior vice president of Textron System's Advanced Solutions
Center. "This designation highlights our commitment to meeting the
nation's needs in homeland security."

   DHS approved the SAFETY Act designation for the ARAM Spectroscopic
Portal, the ARAM RadTruck, the ARAM RadBoat and the ARAM RadPack
products based on performance and reliability data provided by the
Domestic Nuclear Detection Office, ARAM Customers, National
Laboratories and the Federal Joint Analysis Center. The SAFETY Act was
enacted as part of The Homeland Security Act of 2002 in an effort to
facilitate the development and deployment of anti-terrorism
technologies by providing liability protection to sellers and
customers of such technologies in the event of a terrorist attack.

   About Textron Systems

   Textron Systems Corporation has been providing innovative
solutions to the defense, homeland security and aerospace communities
for over 50 years. Known for its precision smart weapons, intelligent
battlefield systems, surveillance systems, intelligence software
solutions, aircraft control components, piston engines, armored
vehicles and unmanned aircraft systems, Textron Systems includes AAI,
HR Textron, Lycoming Engines, Overwatch Tactical Operations, Overwatch
Geospatial Operations, Textron Defense Systems and Textron Marine &
Land Systems. Textron Systems Corporation is a wholly-owned subsidiary
of Avco Corporation. Avco Corporation is a wholly-owned subsidiary of
Textron Inc. More information is available at www.textronsystems.com.

   About Textron Inc.

   Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) is a $13.2 billion multi-industry company
operating in 34 countries with approximately 44,000 employees. The
company leverages its global network of aircraft, 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, Fluid & Power, Textron Systems and Textron
Financial Corporation. More information is available at

Investor Contact:
Doug Wilburne, 401-457-2353
Bill Pitts, 401-457-2353
Media Contact:
Textron Systems
Marian Westerberg, 978-657-1183
Kim Reingold, 401-457-2494

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