Both companies said they expected the deal, which requires regulatory approval, to close in the first half of 2014, Textron said in a news release.

"The acquisition of Beechcraft is a tremendous opportunity to extend our general aviation business," Textron chairman and CEO Scott Donnelly said.

"This transaction represents an important step forward in the evolution of Beechcraft's business," Beechcraft CEO Bill Boisture said.

Rhode Island-based Textron, which makes Cessna planes and Bell helicopters, earned some USD 11 billion in revenue in 2012.

Beechcraft, a manufacturer of general aviation and military aircraft, has built more than 54,000 aircraft and more than 36,000 are still in operation today. The company, which emerged from bankruptcy earlier this year, has estimated 2013 revenues of USD 1.8 billion.

(Agencies)

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