Textron Marine & Land Systems To Build Search And Rescue Boats For Mexican Navy

2008-07-17 15:00:00

NEW ORLEANS–(EMWNews)–Textron Marine & Land Systems (TM&LS), an operating unit of Textron

Systems, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, has been retained to

manufacture six 47-foot Motor Life Boats for the Mexican Navy, a sale

valued at approximately $24 million USD.

TM&LS will begin construction of the first of these Caterpillar-powered

search and rescue boats immediately, with a projected delivery in 19

months. The remaining five Motor Life Boats are planned to be delivered

one every other month following the first.

The Mexican Navy is moving to create an

agency much like the United States Coast Guard, and acquiring our

proven, effective, safe, and efficient search and rescue Motor Life Boat

will bring their capabilities to the highest possible level,

TM&LS General Manager Tom Walmsley said. This

boat is perfectly matched to search and rescue duty in all types of

weather conditions due to its ability to right itself if overturned in

rough seas. Were proud of the service this

boat has given the United States Coast Guard over the last 13 years.

The Mexican Ministry of the Navy believes the acquisition of these Motor

Life Boats is a major step to meeting its material and equipment needs

to maximize system-wide naval search and rescue capabilities in response

to calls for help in national waters and along coastlines.

In addition to manufacturing the six Motor Life Boats, TM&LS will

provide crew training, which will be done at the TM&LS shipyard in New

Orleans.

About Motor Life Boat (MLB)

Textron Marine & Land’s 47-foot Motor Lifeboat (MLB) is a rugged, highly

survivable, all-aluminum rescue boat that significantly enhances the

United States Coast Guard’s ability to perform search and rescue

operations in heavy weather conditions. The MLB design combines many

technological innovations, making it faster than its predecessors. Its

lightweight, rugged marine-grade aluminum hull can withstand impacts

from 20-foot breaking waves at three times the force of gravity. The MLB

design has an inherent self-righting capability. When pitch-poled or

rolled into swells, the MLB will self-right in less than 10 seconds

with all machinery remaining fully operational. TM&LS has manufactured

117 MLB craft for the United States Coast Guard.

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 Geospatial Operations, Overwatch Tactical Operations,

Textron Defense Systems, and Textron Marine & Land Systems. Textron

Systems Corporation is an indirect 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, defense and

intelligence, 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 www.textron.com.

Investor Contact:
Textron
Doug Wilburne, 401-457-2288
or
Bill

Pitts, 401-457-2288
or
Media Contact:
TM&LS
Jack

Giovo, 202-637-3815
or
Textron
Kim Reingold, 401-457-2494

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