Bell Helicopter, Textron Aviation, Textron Systems, Textron AirLand and
TRU Simulation + Training Partner for Joint Exhibit
PROVIDENCE, RI (June 9, 2015) – Bell Helicopter, Textron Aviation Inc., Textron Systems, Textron AirLand, and TRU Simulation + Training, all businesses of Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT), announced today their joint presence during the International Paris Air Show, June 15-18, at Le Bourget Parc des Expositions.
“The Paris Air Show is one of the world’s great venues for aviation and defense solutions, and possibly the only forum large enough to present the diversity of our products,” said Scott Donnelly, Textron’s president and CEO. “Textron is bringing several premier brands into one location. Whether your interest is in advanced rotorcraft, tactical turboprop and jet aircraft, precision weapons, unmanned aircraft, or simulation and training—this is the most comprehensive exhibit we have ever delivered to an international air show.”
Subject matter experts will be available to discuss a broad range of aerospace and defense capabilities at the Textron Pavilion A-2, during the show hours from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
This year, Bell Helicopter will showcase the Bell 429 WLG, the 21st century standard for light twins and the Bell 407 GXP , a highly versatile, state-of-the-art helicopter with over 1200 already delivered world-wide. Inside the pavilion, visitors will have the opportunity to engage in the Bell 525 simulation cabin. The Bell 525 is the world’s first fly-by-wire commercial helicopter that delivers a generational shift in pilot situational awareness, safety and reliability. Indoors, the Bell Boeing V-22 model will also be exhibited. The V-22 is the most in-demand aircraft in the United States Marine Corps with over 275,000 flight hours in humanitarian aid campaigns, emergency evacuations and long-range logistical support.
Textron Aviation and its Beechcraft Defense Company will highlight their defense and special missions capabilities next week at the International Paris Air Show. The Beechcraft AT-6 on display is a multi-role, multi-mission aircraft system designed to meet the spectrum of needs for the light attack mission. Leveraging a range of highly-specialized, but off-the-shelf capabilities, the AT-6 is outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment such as Pratt and Whitney PT6A-68D engine, CMC Esterline’s mission modified Cockpit 4000, Lockheed Martin’s A-10C-based mission system and L-3 WESCAM’s MX-15Di sensor suite.
In addition to the AT-6, a King Air 350ER, Grand Caravan EX and Baron G58 ISR will be on display to showcase the wide array of special mission capabilities the company offers. From piston-engine aircraft to the largest Citation jets, the entire product range of Beechcraft and Cessna aircraft are available in special mission configurations such as aerial survey, air ambulance, flight inspection, aerial surveillance, training and utility transport.
Textron Systems will exhibit a number of its proven unmanned aircraft systems and smart weapon systems designed to serve the needs of militaries, security forces and other customers around the globe. In the area of unmanned aircraft it will feature its Shadow® Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System, several variants of which are utilized by the U.S. Army and Marine Corps and the militaries of Australia, Italy and Sweden, and the expeditionary Aerosonde™ Small Unmanned Aircraft System, which offers proven multi-mission performance in both military and commercial land-and-sea based applications. Textron Systems also will highlight its advanced G-CLAW™ and Fury™ precision guided weapon systems at the Textron Pavilion and on several aircraft platforms. Fury will be shown on the wings of the Shadow V2 model and on the Beechcraft AT-6 aircraft, while the G-CLAW munition will be featured on the Textron AirLand Scorpion Jet.
Textron AirLand will exhibit Scorpion™, a highly affordable, twin-engine Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR)/Strike/Trainer jet aircraft. Scorpion will be on static display with several weapons models such as: Raytheon Griffin Missiles, Lockheed Martin Hellfire and JAGM, FN Herstal 50 cal gun, Raytheon Enhanced Paveway 4, MBDA Brimstone Missile and Textron Systems G-CLAW. Scorpion can accommodate various infrared air-to-air missiles and wing-mounted gun pods. Having completed its first full year of flight testing, meeting and exceeding all performance targets, Scorpion’s arrival in Paris marks its third trans-Atlantic flight – another milestone in a year that has included flights throughout the U.S. and South America. The roundtrip distance of nearly 10,000 nm will be logged as part of Scorpion’s rigorous 2015 testing program, which includes demonstration flights for air forces of multiple U.S. Partner Nations. For a closer look at the Scorpion and its mission capabilities, please visit www.ScorpionJet.com.
TRU Simulation + Training
TRU Simulation + Training will exhibit an interactive model that demonstrates the roll-on, roll-off capability of its ODYSSEY™ H Level D full flight simulator for training today’s rotorcraft pilots. The ODYSSEY H is a clean sheet design resulting from three years of collaboration with an International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) team of 20 helicopter operators and trainees. The ODYSSEY H features innovative dual 6 Degrees of Motion (6-DOF) platforms, a 240-degree horizontal by 80-degree vertical field of view, and 41-megapixel resolution visual display. This combination of wide-panorama, ultra high-definition visual system and advanced motion-cuing technology enables the utmost realism in virtual helicopter pilot training—while its roll-on, roll-off capability optimizes operational efficiency by allowing easy reconfiguration for other helicopter models.
Shadow is either a registered trademark or trademark of AAI Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.
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About Bell Helicopter
Bell Helicopter, a wholly owned subsidiary of Textron Inc., is an industry-leading producer of commercial and military, manned and unmanned vertical-lift aircraft and the pioneer of the revolutionary tiltrotor aircraft. Globally recognized for world-class customer service, innovation and superior quality, Bell's global workforce serves customers flying Bell aircraft in more than 120 countries. More information is available at www.bellhelicopter.com.
About Textron Systems
Textron Systems’ businesses develop and integrate products, services and support for aerospace and defense customers, as well as civil and commercial customers including those in law enforcement, security, border patrol and critical infrastructure protection around the globe. 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. Textron Systems consists of its Advanced Information Solutions, Electronic Systems, Geospatial Solutions, Lycoming Engines, Marine & Land Systems, Support Solutions, TRU Simulation + Training, Unmanned Systems and Weapon & Sensor Systems businesses. More information is available at www.textronsystems.com.
About Textron Aviation Inc.
Textron Aviation Inc. is the leading general aviation authority and home to the iconic Beechcraft, Cessna and Hawker brands, which account for more than half of all general aviation aircraft flying. The Textron Aviation companies include Cessna Aircraft Company and Beechcraft Corporation, bringing together decades of unmatched experience in designing, building and supporting airplanes. It provides the most versatile and comprehensive 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. Its broad range of products include such best-selling aircraft as Citation and Hawker business jets, King Air and Caravan turboprops and T-6 military trainer aircraft, all of which are backed by the industry’s largest global service network. For more information, visit txtav.com.com.
About Textron AirLand, LLC
Textron AirLand has developed a highly affordable and exportable twin-engine ISR/Strike/Trainer jet for the tactical military aviation market. A versatile jet platform based on commercial best practices and proven high technologies, Scorpion is designed as a multi-mission aircraft for diverse battlefield, security and training missions. More information about our initial aircraft is available at www.ScorpionJet.com.
About TRU Simulation + Training
TRU Simulation + Training Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, delivers innovative, end-to-end flight 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 Air Transport Simulation, Business & Military Simulation, Mission & Maintenance Training, and Training Centers & Services. More information is available at www.TRUSimulation.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, Beechcraft, Hawker, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Greenlee, and Textron Systems. More information is available at www.textron.com.
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