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. We’re 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
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.
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