Production Milestone Honored In Ceremony with U.S. Army Officials
New Orleans, LA - June 2, 2009 - Textron Marine & Land Systems, an operating unit of Textron Systems, a
Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, rolled the 2,000th Armored Security
Vehicle (ASV) off its Slidell, Louisiana assembly line today and
recognized the milestone in a ceremony including top officials with the
U.S. Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM).
Col. Scott Kidd, U.S. Army Project Manager, Tactical Vehicles, joined
representatives from the U.S. Army Military Police School, local
government officials and Textron Marine & Land Systems employees to mark
the delivery of the 2,000th ASV.
“The ASV, the first Convoy Protection Platform, continues to remain
safe, suitable and effective in the war fight. The production of the
2000th unit is significant reflecting the relevance of the system and
the ability of the Textron workforce to produce a high quality product,”
said Col. Kidd.
“This ASV program has been outstanding because of the dedication of the
people here at Textron Marine & Land Systems who put their efforts into
making the best vehicle possible for our troops,” said Textron Marine &
Land Systems General Manager Tom Walmsley. “The vehicle designed and
built here has protected thousands of soldiers doing their duty in
operations all over the world. That is what we’re about here. Every
soldier that returns home to his or her family because he or she was in
an ASV is a triumph for every employee here working on this program.”
The ASV is a 4X4 wheeled armored vehicle that offers significant crew
protection through the employment of multiple layers of armor, defending
against small arms fire, artillery projectile fragments, Improvised
Explosive Devices (IEDs) and land mines. The ASV possesses superior
mobility, agility, handling and ride quality through the utilization of
a four-wheel independent suspension system.
The ASV has maintained exceptional operational readiness and combat
availability rates over the life of the U.S. Army program as vehicles
log more than 30,000 miles per year in combat operations. Textron Marine
& Land Systems has achieved more than 44 consecutive months of on-time
delivery to the U.S. Army on the ASV program.
The ASV family of vehicles performs a wide variety of missions including
scout, infantry personnel carrier, reconnaissance, command and control
and recovery. U.S. Army ASV missions include operations with the
Military Police, convoy protection, perimeter security, as well as Field
Artillery Combat Observation and Lasing Teams (COLT) with the M-1200 ASV
About Textron Systems
Textron Systems Corporation has been providing innovative solutions to
the defense, homeland security and aerospace communities for more than
50 years. 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 services, Textron Systems includes AAI Corporation, Lycoming
Engines, Overwatch Geospatial Systems, 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. 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.