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AAI Logistics & Technical Services Kicks Off Australian Shadow(R) TUAS Training

Recent Award Enables Comprehensive Training Regimen for Operators and Maintainers

Monday, April 08, 2013

AAI Logistics & Technical Services Kicks Off Australian Shadow(R) TUAS Training

14:58 EDT Monday, April 08, 2013

HUNT VALLEY, MD --(Marketwired - April 08, 2013) - AAI Logistics & Technical Services, an operating unit of Textron Systems, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today that the company is set to welcome its first Australian Army trainees starting in May for Shadow Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System (TUAS) operations and maintenance training. 

AAI's recently-awarded Shadow TUAS training program includes classroom training, practical instruction using simulators, and hands-on instruction. The hands-on training is further customized for air vehicle operations and mission payload operations, as well as maintainer trainees. Because AAI has modified ground components of the system to meet Australian Army requirements, training courses have been customized to capture the additional training outcomes necessary for students to successfully join the TUAS Regiment, 20 Surveillance & Target Acquisition Regiment as qualified operators and maintainers. Both training courses will combine for a three-week flight camp, where students will complete their final assessments during live flying activities.

AAI Logistics & Technical Services is a full-service unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) service provider. Its training capabilities include courseware; instruction, such as its work for the Australian Army; training systems sustainment; training device upgrades and modifications; as well as operations, field service and sustainment support. Providing experienced local management for these activities are personnel from Aerosonde Pty Ltd, a strategic business of fellow Textron Systems operating unit AAI Unmanned Aircraft Systems. Aerosonde is a manufacturer of small unmanned aircraft systems and has provided associated services to customers in Australia and worldwide.

"UAS continue to reshape modern military capabilities around the globe, and training is critical to that process," says Senior Vice President and General Manager Diane Giuliani. "AAI Logistics & Technical Services has years of experience operating, sustaining and supporting UAS, as well as delivering the gamut of UAS training services. Our services build user skills and confidence to enhance mission outcomes."

About AAI Logistics & Technical Services

AAI Logistics & Technical Services delivers comprehensive life cycle support, sustainment and operational services for defense and security equipment, and is a leading provider of unmanned systems services. With experienced logisticians, maintainers and operators that can be deployed rapidly around the globe, the business offers affordable solutions that deliver superior asset availability and reliable performance, including award-winning performance based logistics, contractor logistics support, depot support, supply chain management, training, and repair and overhaul services. AAI Logistics & Technical Services is an operating unit of Textron Systems. More information is available at www.aaicorp.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. 

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.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:

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

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