Textron Businesses Showcase Innovation and Performance with Diverse Product Lineup at Paris Air Show

PROVIDENCE, R.I.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–lt;a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/PAS?src=hash” target=”_blank”gt;#PASlt;/agt;–Bell,
Aviation Inc.
, Textron
Aviation Defense LLC
, Textron
Simulation + Training
and Textron
Airborne Solutions
, all businesses of Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT), have
announced their plans for the Paris
Air Show
—the largest aerospace event in the world—which will be held
June 17-23 at the Exhibition Center of Le Bourget. Textron will be
displaying in Textron Pavilion A2.

“Our exhibit demonstrates a deep and diverse lineup of commercial and
military aircraft, unmanned systems and simulation and training
solutions,” says Textron’s Chairman and CEO Scott Donnelly. “We’re
excited to show Paris Air Show attendees how focused we’ve been on
delivering new levels of innovation and performance.”


Since the company’s beginning in 1935, Bell
has set the pace for the helicopter industry, expanding the scope of
vertical lift. Bell was the first to obtain commercial certification for
a helicopter nearly 60 years ago – and since then, has delivered
thousands of innovative aircraft to customers around the world. When it
comes to developing the world’s first air taxi or producing life-saving
commercial and military aircraft, Bell has the innovative minds and the
relentless drive to revolutionize search and rescue operations, business
travel and vertical takeoff and lift. And we are just getting started.

Discover these next-generation aircraft on static display during Paris
Air Show this year:

  • The Bell
    505 Jet Ranger X
     light single engine helicopter is the ideal
    military trainer aircraft and offers incredible value unlike any other
    helicopter in its class. With more than 150 delivered around the
    world, it is designed to be easier and safer to fly thanks to its
    superior standard equipment and state-of-the-art Garmin 1000H TM glass
  • With over 330,000 hours on the global fleet, the Bell
    is designed with the future in mind, enhancing occupant
    safety, with the adaptability to remain at the forefront as mission
    requirements evolve. The Bell 429 has been chosen by police forces,
    air medical teams and militaries around the world for time-sensitive
  • The Bell
    525 Relentless
    full-scale mock-up outfitted with Mecaer Aviation’s
    luxurious MAGnificent interior will be on static display this year.
    The aircraft offers customers a general leap forward, bringing new
    technological advances designed to benefit operators and increase
    safety standards of the industry. The 525 is expected to be the first
    commercial aircraft certified with Fly-By-Wire technology which
    greatly increases safety through reduced pilot workload and enhanced
    situational awareness.

Textron Aviation

and Textron
Aviation Defense
—a subsidiary of Textron Aviation Inc.—will be
showcasing their defense and special mission capabilities at the Paris
Air Show, featuring static displays of the highly advanced Beechcraft
AT-6 Wolverine
, a flight inspection-configured Cessna
Citation Latitude
, an ISR-configured Beechcraft
King Air 350i
and a Cessna
Grand Caravan EX
equipped with an array of radars and sensors.

The Beechcraft AT-6 Wolverine is the world’s most cost-effective
turboprop approach to light attack and armed reconnaissance, equipping
the warfighter with the greatest level of mission configurability, the
most advanced ISR technology, an optimized battlespace networking
capability and the unwavering mission support of a global service
network. The AT-6 Wolverine meets the full spectrum of U.S. Air Force
Light Attack Aircraft (LAA) Integrated Weapon System (IWS) requirements.

Textron Aviation has engineered and designed innovative interior and
avionics options that optimize the Latitude for installations of Flight
Inspection systems and has enabled a more cost-effective and rapid
installation for its customers. The Latitude’s flight inspection systems
have been outfitted with the latest technology in en-route and terminal
navigation aids while the aircraft features an extended range of
border-to-border flight calibration, the payload capacity for extensive
onboard test equipment and a dual flight inspection and executive
transportation configuration.

The Beechcraft King Air 350i surpasses its predecessor’s high-caliber
performance with more payload capability and range and delivers a
quieter interior with standard Wi-Fi and Pro Line Fusion™ avionics with
full touch-screen simplicity. The King Air is the world’s most popular
business turboprop aircraft—a title sustained over five decades of
continuous enhancement.

The freedom to configure the Cessna Grand Caravan EX to meet changing
demands empowers operators to meet diverse surveillance mission
requirements. External mounting provisions enable use of advanced
electro optical/infrared (EO/IR) systems that transmit imaging to cabin
mission computers and available cockpit repeaters. Intelligence is
shared in real time via tactical radio and satellite downlink.

Textron Systems

is a longstanding leader in unmanned aircraft systems and
command-and-control technologies, with more than one million flight
hours across platforms.

The business will highlight its Aerosonde® Small Unmanned Aircraft
System (SUAS) during the 2019 Paris Air Show. The Aerosonde system
offers proven, multi-mission performance in both military and commercial
land- and sea-based applications. The Aerosonde is equipped for
real-time, full-motion video and communications relay within a single
flight. In addition, it offers dedicated space and power to integrate
additional capabilities based on customer requirements. With more than
300,000 total flight hours, the Aerosonde SUAS delivers thousands of
flight hours each month for customers around the world.

Textron Systems also will highlight its expeditionary Aerosonde
, an enhanced, hybrid-quadrotor variant of the proven Aerosonde
SUAS that combines the vertical takeoff and landing capability of a
multi-rotor platform with the efficiency and speed of the Aerosonde
fixed-wing aircraft. Incorporating the purpose-built Lycoming®
EL-005 heavy fuel engine for benchmark-setting reliability and
performance, the small, highly mobile Aerosonde HQ configuration offers
two-person setup and launch in less than 20 minutes. The expeditionary Aerosonde
HQ system was selected by the U.S. Army
in March to participate in
Phase 1 of its Future Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System (FTUAS)
initiative, which will allow users to envision and define the
capabilities and operational concepts it will need for future combat.

For decades, Textron Systems’ Shadow® TUAS has been the U.S. Army’s
workhorse for both Brigade Combat Teams and Combat Aviation Brigades.
With more than one million operational hours, Textron Systems has begun
flight tests of the Shadow
TUAS Block III configuration
, which incorporates significant
enhancements to continue the platform’s record of exemplary operational

TRU Simulation + Training

TRU Simulation + Training delivers innovative, total aviation training
solutions to the commercial and military markets while providing
superior technical support and customer service. TRU continues to build
its presence as a leading provider to aircraft OEMs and is currently
developing the world’s first 777X full flight training suite— as
exclusive simulator supplier on the 777X program to Boeing. TRU will
have senior executives available to answer questions about TRU’s total
training solutions.

Textron Airborne Solutions

This business includes the Airborne Tactical Advantage Company (ATAC),
the industry-leading provider of tactical
flight training and adversary services
which was acquired by Textron
in 2016. ATAC provides realistic fighter adversary flight
operations to the U.S. Departments of the Navy and Air Force with
numerous tactical aircraft, highly skilled former military fighter
pilots, and an impressive maintenance and logistics program. In addition
to preserving flight hours on front-line active military aircraft, ATAC
also enables the Department of Defense to focus on “blue air” combat
flight training, ensuring U.S. military pilots have every possible
tactical advantage.

About Bell

Thinking above and beyond is what we do. For more than 80 years, we’ve
been reimagining the experience of flight – and where it can take us.

We are pioneers. We were the first to break the sound barrier and to
certify a commercial helicopter. We were aboard NASA’s first lunar
mission and brought advanced tiltrotor systems to market. Today, we’re
defining the future of on-demand mobility.

Headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas—as a wholly-owned subsidiary of
Textron Inc.,–we have strategic locations around the globe. And with
nearly one quarter of our workforce having served, helping our military
achieve their missions is a passion of ours.

Above all, our breakthrough innovations deliver exceptional experiences
to our customers. Efficiently. Reliably. And always, with safety at the
forefront. For more information, visit www.bellflight.com.

About Textron Aviation Inc.

Textron Aviation Inc. is the leading general aviation authority and home
to the Beechcraft, Cessna and Hawker brands, which account for more than
half of all general aviation aircraft flying. The Textron Aviation
brands represent unrivaled innovation, performance and leadership in the
industry, and offer an unmatched value proposition rooted in the total
ownership experience. Leveraging unparalleled speed-to-market, Textron
Aviation provides the most versatile and comprehensive business and
general aviation product portfolio in the world through five principal
lines of business: business jets, general aviation and special mission
turboprop aircraft, high performance piston aircraft, military trainer
and defense aircraft and a complete global customer service
organization. Textron Aviation has delivered more than 250,000 aircraft
in over 143 countries. Its broad range of products include such
best-selling aircraft as Citation business jets, King Air and Caravan
turboprops and T-6 military trainer aircraft, all of which are backed by
the industry’s most capable global service network. For more
information, visit www.txtav.com

About Textron Aviation Defense LLC

When military customers need airborne solutions for their critical
missions, they turn to Textron Aviation Defense. Provider of the world’s
leading military flight trainer—the Beechcraft T-6 Texan II—as well as
the innovative, multi-mission Beechcraft AT-6 Wolverine and the bold
Textron Scorpion jet, this trio of defense aircraft deliver unparalleled
low acquisition, operating and training costs, are produced and
missionized in America’s Heartland and are backed by the world’s most
capable global service network. For more information, visit defense.txtav.com and scorpionjet.com.

About Textron Systems

Textron Systems is a world leader in unmanned air, surface and land
products, services and support for aerospace and defense customers.
Harnessing agility and a broad base of expertise, Textron Systems’
innovative businesses design, manufacture, field and support
comprehensive solutions that expand customer capabilities and deliver
value. For more information, visit www.textronsystems.com.

About TRU Simulation + Training

TRU Simulation + Training Inc., a Textron Inc. company, delivers
innovative, total aviation training solutions to the commercial and
military markets while providing superior technical support and customer
service. Headquartered in Goose Creek, S.C., the company is known for
its high-fidelity training devices, pilot and maintenance training,
military mission training, and aviation training services and support.
For more information, visit www.TRUsimulation.com.

About Textron Airborne Solutions

Textron Airborne Solutions is the parent business unit of the Airborne
Tactical Advantage Company (ATAC). Together, they provide live-fly
aviation solutions to an expanding military market. ATAC is the leading
provider of adversary and aggressor flight operations in direct support
of Department of Defense tactical training, deployment workups and
exercise scenarios. For more information, visit www.atacusa.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, Cessna,
Beechcraft, Hawker, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Arctic Cat,
Textron Systems, and TRU Simulation + Training. For more information,
visit www.textron.com.

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product launches or certifications of our new aircraft products; our
ability to keep pace with our competitors in the introduction of new
products and upgrades with features and technologies desired by our
customers; changes in foreign military funding priorities or budget
constraints and determinations; changes in government regulations or
policies on the export and import of our products; volatility in the
global economy or changes in worldwide political conditions that
adversely impact demand for our products; volatility in interest rates
or foreign exchange rates; risks related to our international business,
including relying on joint venture partners, subcontractors, suppliers,
representatives, consultants and other business partners in connection
with international business, including in emerging market countries; and
demand softness or volatility in the markets in which we do business.


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