New Orleans, LA - June 21, 2007 - Textron Marine &
Land, an operating unit of Textron Systems, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT)
company, has been awarded a contract modification for $255.5 million
to build an additional 369 M1117 Armored Security Vehicles (ASV) by
the U.S. Army Tank-Automotive & Armaments Command (TACOM). This
modification is a follow on to a contract finalized in 2006.
"We continue to experience both strong demand and exceptional
customer feedback for the ASV," said Tom Walmsley, general manager,
Textron Marine & Land Systems. "In addition, this reaffirms confidence
in a product that has been in continuous combat for more than 51
months with an Operational Readiness Rate consistently greater than 90
With this award, the total number of ASVs produced or under
contract is now at 1729 vehicles.
Production and deliveries of the ASV are continuing at Textron
Marine & Land with firm contracts through at least October 2008.
The ASV is used by the United States Army for its military police,
convoy protection and Field Artillery Combat Observation and Lasing
Teams (COLT). Its record of performance, reliability and survivability
in the field is impeccable. More than 750 ASVs have been deployed in
the Global War on Terrorism in support of combat missions. Textron
Marine & Land has built more than 950 vehicles to date.
About the ASV
The ASV is a 4X4 wheeled armored vehicle that offers significant
crew protection through the employment of multiple layers of armor
that provides defense against small arms fire, artillery projectile
fragments, and land mines. This advanced armor is exceedingly
lightweight and allows the vehicle to be able to "roll-on/roll-off"
C-130 military transport aircraft. The ASV possesses superior
mobility, agility, handling, and ride quality through the utilization
of a four-wheel independent suspension system. Textron Marine & Land
has equipped the U.S. Army Military Police version with a specially
designed dual-weapon station that, unlike many other vehicles, enables
the crew to load, reload and clear gun jams under full armor
protection. With minor modifications and appropriate outfitting, ASV
variants can perform a wide variety of missions including scout,
infantry personnel carrier, reconnaissance, command and recovery.
About Textron Systems
Textron Systems Corporation ("Textron Systems") provides
innovative technology solutions to meet the needs of the defense,
homeland security and aerospace communities. The company is known for
its precision smart weapons, surveillance systems, complex
intelligence and communications systems, aircraft control components,
piston engines, specialty marine craft and armored vehicles. Textron
Systems is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Avco Corporation. Avco
Corporation is wholly-owned subsidiary of Textron Inc. More
information is available at www.systems.textron.com.
About Textron Inc.
Textron Inc. is an $11 billion multi-industry company operating in
32 countries with approximately 40,000 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
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