AAI Test & Training Introduces Threat File Translator for its A²PATS EW Simulator

Hunt Valley, Md. — MAY 23, 2012 — AAI Test & Training, an operating unit of Textron Systems, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today the availability of a new electronic warfare (EW) threat file translator that will be integrated as a standard capability on its state-of-the-art Advanced Architecture Phase, Amplitude and Time Simulator (A²PATS) system. Customers can automate the transfer of their threat file libraries from legacy systems to A²PATS quickly and reliably, making the vast majority of the U.S. Navy’s existing simulator-derived files available on the new system. AAI Test & Training already has delivered its first translator-capable A²PATS system to a U.S. Navy customer.

“Our EW threat file translator preserves existing threat databases developed for legacy systems and formats them to operate directly in the Navy’s new A²PATS EW simulators,” says Senior Vice President and General Manager Robert Peters of AAI Test & Training. “This capability saves our customers countless work-hours otherwise needed to recreate the files in the newer format.”

A²PATS is the industry’s first EW simulator utilizing direct-port radio frequency (RF) injection, providing the highest possible signal fidelity at the lowest cost by eliminating the complex, performance-limiting RF distribution networks required for multiplexed simulators. The A²PATS system incorporates identical, high-performance, phase-coherent Synthetic Stimulus Instruments behind every port for plug-and-play installation, testing availability and easy maintenance. AAI Test & Training has sold A²PATS systems to the U.S. Navy, Air Force and other Department of Defense prime contractors.

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About AAI Test & Training

AAI Test & Training has decades of experience designing and manufacturing innovative, high-technology test equipment for the lab, training range, depot, flight line, factory and more — delivering the most reliable, top-performing solutions with superb customer care. In addition, AAI provides high-fidelity training devices and solutions, as well as training needs and systems requirements analysis. Its U.K.-based strategic business, ESL Defence Limited, provides electronic warfare test and training solutions. AAI Test & Training is an operating unit of Textron Systems. More information is available at www.aaicorp.com.

About Textron Systems

Textron Systems has been providing innovative solutions to the defense, homeland security and aerospace communities for more than 50 years. Headquartered in Wilmington, Mass., the company is 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 and operational services. Textron Systems includes AAI Logistics & Technical Services, AAI Test & Training, AAI Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Advanced Systems, Aerosonde, ESL Defence, Lycoming Engines, Medical Numerics, MillenWorks, Overwatch, Textron Defense Systems and Textron Marine & Land Systems. 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.   

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