Textron Systems is a leading company in the aerospace, defense, homeland security, and infrastructure protection industries. It specializes in the design, development, and manufacture of unmanned systems (aerial, land, and water); armored vehicles; geospatial information management and analysis systems; marine craft; electronic warfare and cyber warfare systems; and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance systems.

Despite this expansive portfolio, the leadership of Textron Systems don’t rest on their laurels. The company continually seeks to expand its portfolio and capabilities. In January, for example, Textron announced the acquisition of Howe & Howe Technologies, a Maine-based firm that specializes in the design, development, and production of unmanned land vehicles. During the acquisition announcement, Lisa Atherton, the company’s chief executive officer (CEO), stated, “Textron Systems is now positioned to be a global provider of unmanned capabilities across all three domains. We are clear on the U.S. military’s vision and their future technology needs for autonomy, robotics, and unmanned systems. Bringing together Textron Systems’ and Howe & Howe’s talent, capabilities, and proven products will join two of the best, and we are excited at the idea of advancing the industry even further as one team.”

During the year, the company will have four separate opportunities to prove its technological expertise. The U.S. military has an ambitious and densely packed acquisition schedule for 2019. Textron Systems will be focusing on four acquisition projects that are already underway and seeking to find a manufacturer. More specifically, the Army is looking to equip its infantry elements with a next-generation squad weapon (NGSW); searching for a replacement for its RQ-7 Shadow Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, which is manufactured by Textron Systems; seeking to replace the Bradley Fighting Vehicle (BFV), ideally with a high-tech, next-generation combat vehicle (NGCV); and scouting (alongside the Marine Corps) for a robotic vehicle that will be capable of ferrying the equipment of soldiers for the Squad Mobility Equipment Transport competition.

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