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Bell Helicopter's 407GX and 407AH Make International Debut

PARIS, FRANCE (June 20, 2011) - Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), will display its newest helicopters, the 407GX and 407AH, at the Paris International Air Show, June 20-26, 2011, at Le Bourget, Paris, France, making it the first international appearance since their introduction at the 2011 Heli-Expo in Orlando, Fla., in March.

"We've received tremendous customer acceptance of these two new helicopters since their introduction." said Larry D. Roberts, Senior Vice President, Commercial Business for Bell Helicopter. "The Bell 407GX is in a league of its own with the capability and situational awareness provided by the Garmin G1000H glass flight deck. Customers are really seeing the benefits of this innovative technology and the Bell 407AH provides unique flexibility for parapublic missions that cannot be found anywhere else in the market."

After the Paris Air Show, the 407GX and 407AH will embark on international demonstration tours that will last several months. The 407GX will demo throughout Europe, while the 407AH will be shown throughout the Middle East and will demonstrate its performance capabilities during the BRIDEX air show in Brunei, July 6-9, 2011.

Both products are extensions of the popular and reliable Bell 407 with more than 1,000 delivered worldwide. The Bell 407 includes operational features such as a choice of maximum internal gross weights, high main rotor clearance (8 ft), excellent hover performance, powerful FADEC controlled engine, comfortable seating for seven, and optional Quiet Cruise kit. Blade fold capability, cargo hook, and a host of OEM kits and customizing offerings make this aircraft ready for any mission. The Bell 407AH comes equipped with a baseline law enforcement package that can be customized with multiple weapon configurations. As with all Bell models, both the 407AH and 407GX are backed by Bell's award-winning and industry-leading customer support and service.

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 tilt rotor 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 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.


 

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