Fort Worth, Texas (March 29, 2016) – Bell Helicopter, Textron AirLand, Textron Aviation Inc. and Textron Systems, all businesses of Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT), have announced their plans for the 19th edition of the International Air and Space Fair (FIDAE 2016) in Santiago, Chile, held March 29 through April 3, 2016. Textron will be displaying in Chalet C2 – C6.
For more than 35 years, FIDAE has brought together experts from diverse industry sectors, including civil and commercial aviation, defense, aircraft maintenance, airport support services and equipment, space technology and homeland security. This Latin American trade show works to provide the perfect environment for meetings and collaborations among professionals from the varied fields in aerospace and defense.
Bell Helicopter invites attendees to the Textron chalet. Within the booth, attendees will have the opportunity to hear from subject matter experts while seeing several of Bell Helicopter’s advanced commercial products, including:
• Bell 505 Jet Ranger X
• Bell 407GXP
• Bell 429 in a VVIP configuration
Additionally, Bell Helicopter will provide customer demonstration flights in its Bell 429 VVIP and the Bell 407GXP.
“With Bell Helicopter’s longstanding history in Latin America, FIDAE serves as an integral opportunity for us to build upon that legacy,” said Jay Ortiz, Bell Helicopter’s managing director for Latin America. “We look forward to showcasing how our products are ideally suited for the diverse climate and geography across Latin America and offer the advanced technology, performance and safety for any mission.”
Making its first FIDAE appearance, the Scorpion jet will be on display in the Textron chalet. Designed and built with commercial practices, the Scorpion is truly unique in the ISR and Strike market. Scorpion is a highly affordable military jet with a target production cost of approximately $20M and an hourly operating cost that has proven lower than US$3,000. It is also very versatile in terms of mission flexibility: a 73 cubic foot / 2 cubic meter centerline payload bay and open electronic architecture allows for multiple “plug and play” sensor types to be employed, and quickly reconfigured without impacting operational tempo. Using commercially designed twin engines, the Scorpion combines high dash speeds, extended endurance, and loiter time at cruise speeds. Production of the first conforming aircraft began last year and first flight of this production aircraft is expected this summer.
Textron Aviation & Beechcraft Defense Company
Textron Aviation and its Beechcraft Defense Company will highlight their commercial, special mission and defense products at the show, including:
• Cessna Citation Latitude
• Cessna Citation M2
• Beechcraft King Air 350ER
• Cessna Grand Caravan EX
• Beechcraft T-6 Texan.
“We are excited to showcase our versatile product line at FIDAE this year, highlighting our jet and turboprop aircraft that continue to lead the Latin American market,” said Bob Gibbs, vice president of Sales, Latin America and Caribbean. “With over 2,600 Textron Aviation products in the region we are continuing to find innovative solutions for our customers and expand our service offerings.”
Making its show debut at this year’s FIDAE airshow is Textron Aviation’s most recently certified business jet – the Cessna Citation Latitude. With a range of 2,850 nautical miles, the Citation Latitude affords the most open, spacious, bright and refined cabin environment in the midsize category. Since entering the market two years ago, the Cessna Citation M2 has quickly become the best-selling business jet in its class, with more than 100 aircraft delivered around the world.
With the industry’s broadest lineup of special mission platforms, Textron Aviation offers a full suite of products that fit a variety of mission profiles such as maritime patrol, air ambulance, float operations, training, utility transport and more. The King Air 350ER and Grand Caravan EX on display feature a unique set of interior configurations, highlighting the versatility of the Textron Aviation turboprop aircraft.
Beechcraft Defense offers a versatile lineup of military platforms including the Beechcraft T-6 Texan, the world-leading military flight trainer, and the Beechcraft AT-6 Wolverine light attack aircraft, both backed by the industry’s most capable global service network.
Textron Systems will exhibit its proven unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), advanced information solutions (AIS) and smart weapons systems designed to serve the needs of militaries, security forces and other customers around the globe.
In the area of UAS, Textron Systems will feature the expeditionary Aerosonde™ Small Unmanned Aircraft System (SUAS), which offers proven multi-mission performance in both military and commercial land-and-sea based applications. The Aerosonde is also equipped for real-time, full-motion video and communications relay within a single flight, and offers dedicated space and power to integrate additional capabilities based on customer requirements.
In the area of AIS, Textron Systems will display the iCommand® Suite, which provides a real-time, cross-domain operational picture, along with touch-screen speed for contingency planning, decision making and asset management. Medina, a Windows based software product that provides sophisticated wireless telecommunications-based understanding by mining and analyzing user-collected commercial wireless communications network traffic and events, will also be on display. Additionally, Textron Systems’ IMPACT™ will be featured. Challenged by ever changing criminal and terrorist activities and an increasing quantity of data to manage, investigators rely on Advanced Information Solutions' IMPACT solution to more easily collect, analyze and manage the data that supports their investigative analysis.
In the area of smart weapons, Textron Systems will exhibit its advanced G-CLAW™ and Fury® Precision Guided Munitions (PGM). The lightweight G-CLAW munition offers precision guidance through GPS-corrected navigation and Semi-Active Laser terminal guidance as well as flexible delivery options from a variety of aircraft systems and multi-mission employment options for land and sea targets. The Fury PGM delivers a precision strike capability against both soft targets and static or moving vehicles. The small, lightweight glide weapon is designed for carriage on multiple platforms. Fury utilizes Semi-Active Laser (SAL) seeker and GPS guidance, and is proven in testing to be accurate within one meter of a designated target.
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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.
About Textron AirLand
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 Textron Aviation
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 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 defence 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 most capable global service network. For more information, visit: textronaviation.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, Textron Systems and TRU Simulation + Training. For more information, visit www.textron.com.
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