July 17, 2008
Textron unit to build MLB's for Mexican Navy
Textron Marine & Land Systems (TM&LS), an operating unit of Textron Systems, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, is to manufacture six 47-foot Motor Life Boats for the Mexican Navy, a sale valued at approximately $24 million.
TM&LS will begin construction of the first of these Caterpillar-powered search and rescue boats immediately, with a projected delivery in 19 months. The remaining five Motor Life Boats are planned to be delivered one every other month following the first.
"The Mexican Navy is moving to create an agency much like the United States Coast Guard, and acquiring our proven, effective, safe, and efficient search and rescue Motor Life Boat will bring their capabilities to the highest possible level," TM&LS General Manager Tom Walmsley said. "This boat is perfectly matched to search and rescue duty in all types of weather conditions due to its ability to right itself if overturned in rough seas. We're proud of the service this boat has given the United States Coast Guard over the last 13 years."
In addition to manufacturing the six Motor Life Boats, TM&LS will provide crew training, which will be done at the TM&LS shipyard in New Orleans.
Textron Marine & Land describes the 47-foot Motor Lifeboat (MLB) as a rugged, highly survivable, all-aluminum rescue boat that significantly enhances the United States Coast Guard's ability to perform search and rescue operations in heavy weather conditions. The MLB design combines many technological innovations, making it faster than its predecessors. Its lightweight, rugged marine-grade aluminum hull can withstand impacts from 20-foot breaking waves at three times the force of gravity. The MLB design has an inherent self-righting capability. When pitch-poled or rolled into swells, the MLB will self-right in less than 10 seconds -- with all machinery remaining fully operational. TM&LS has manufactured 117 MLB craft for the United States Coast Guard.