In 1969, Bell Aerospace started operations in New Orleans, LA. Early projects included the Navy's Amphibious Assault Landing Craft and the Surface Effect Ship (SES) series of ships. In 1977, the division merged with Halter Marine to become Bell Halter Inc., and in 1987 it became Textron Marine Systems.
In 1994, Textron Marine Systems merged with the Combat Vehicle Operations of Cadillac Gage to become Textron Marine & Land Systems, the name it operates under today. After a corporate transformation at Textron Inc., Textron Marine & Land Systems became an operating unit of Textron Systems.
In 2010, Textron acquired MillenWorks, making it a strategic business of Textron Marine & Land Systems and adding expertise in the design and development of advanced mobility solutions for demanding on-and off-road applications.
Today, Textron Marine & Land Systems manufactures specialty vehicles and equipment for military and commercial use, such as the M1117 Armored Security Vehicle (ASV) for the U.S. Army, the Landing Craft, Air Cushion (LCAC) for the U.S. Navy, the Motor Lifeboat (MLB) for the U.S. Coast Guard, and Cadillac Gage turret systems.