July 31, 2018

KENNESAW, Ga. - Textron Ground Support Equipment Inc. announces the TUG ALPHA 4, the first pushback in the new ALPHA series of conventional pushbacks. The TUG ALPHA 4 is ideal for moving aircraft up to the Airbus A340 and Boeing 747, with a maximum gross vehicle weight of 120,000 pounds (60 tons) and a maximum drawbar pull of 72,000 pounds (36 tons).


Textron Ground Support Equipment Inc., or Textron GSE, is a subsidiary of Textron Specialized Vehicles Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company,

“Our newest TUG ALPHA conventional pushback is the latest example of our continued commitment to supporting the evolving needs and demands of our dedicated partners,” said Matt Chaffin, vice president and general manager for Textron Ground Support Equipment Inc. “With a design focused on serviceability and safety, the ALPHA 4 simplifies pushback operations.” 

For ease of operation, the ALPHA 4’s cab has a center-mounted operator seat with clear sight-lines to the hitch – removing the need for the operator to stand or use mirrors when attaching to the aircraft.  The cab also has a 7-inch (18 centimeter) LCD display screen for easy operations and diagnostics, two additional seats for wing-walkers, electronic braking for a smooth start and stop, and automotive-style air conditioning and heating. A lifting cab with a swivel seat provides great visibility while the vehicle is in reverse.

For the service team, most routine service points can be reached from the ground for safe maintenance.  The engine compartment has easy access with a flat landing platform, slip-proof footholds, and easy-to-grab handrails.  The controller is also accessible from the cab for simple diagnostics.

To learn more about the ALPHA 4 and the complete series of TUG ALPHA pushbacks, and to view Textron GSE’s complete vehicle list, visit www.textrongse.com.


About Textron Ground Support Equipment Inc.
Textron Ground Support Equipment Inc. is a leading global provider of ground support equipment and service under the TUG™, Douglas™, Premier™, and Safeaero™ brands. Textron GSE offers a full product lineup of conventional and towbarless pushbacks, baggage tractors, tow tractors, belt loaders, single and dual operation deicers, ground power units, air starts, and air conditioning units. These products are built in world-class manufacturing facilities around the world, from Kennesaw, Ga., Marinette, Wis., Trelleborg, Sweden; and Wuxi, China, in addition to 20 airport service locations across the world. Textron GSE is a subsidiary of Textron Specialized Vehicles Inc.

About Textron Specialized Vehicles Inc.
Textron Specialized Vehicles Inc., a Textron Inc. company, is a leading global manufacturer of golf cars, utility and personal transportation vehicles, snowmobiles, side-by-sides, all-terrain vehicles, professional turf-care equipment, and ground support equipment. Textron Specialized Vehicles markets products under the E-Z-GO®, Cushman®, Arctic Cat®, TextronOff Road™, Jacobsen®, Dixie Chopper®, Ransomes®, TUG™, Douglas™, Premier™ and Safeaero™ brands. Its vehicles are found in environments ranging from golf courses to factories, airports to planned communities, and theme parks to hunting preserves.

About Textron Inc.
Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) 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, Cessna, Beechcraft, Hawker, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Greenlee, Textron Off Road, Arctic Cat, Textron Systems, and TRU Simulation + Training. For more information, visit www.textron.com.

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