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Northrop Grumman Awarded "Falcon 2020" Multi-Year F-16 Radar Support Contract

BALTIMORE, April 16, 2002 (PRIMEZONE) -- F-16 fighter fleets worldwide will maintain air superiority and strike capability through at least 2020 because of a contract Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has received from the Ogden Air Logistics Center, Hill Air Force Base, Utah.

The award, worth up to $487 million, provides engineering services and technical support for the aircraft's fire control radar (AN/APG-66 and -68) over a 23-year period. It will cover the U.S. Air Force and 16 other air forces through foreign military sales.

This firm-fixed-price award represents a consolidation, restructuring and expansion of previous agreements between Northrop Grumman and the Air Force. In addition to engineering and technical support, it will include radar spares, repair and return of major components, acquisition of modification kits and on-site contractor support.

The name of the program, "Falcon 2020," signifies that the F-16 will remain in the inventories of the U.S. and international air forces beyond the year 2020 and also reflects the commitment to fully support the aircraft over its service life. As a Department of Defense acquisition reform initiative, Falcon 2020 provides flexible terms and conditions, making it easier for the department to contract with suppliers for F-16 support annually. Actual disbursements will depend on customer needs and available funding.

"This award is a testament to the Air Force's confidence in Northrop Grumman's ability to provide quality engineering and technical support, spares and other services for these radar systems over the long term," said Robert DuBeau, vice president of Avionics Systems at Northrop Grumman.

The 17 countries that will participate in Falcon 2020 include Bahrain, Belgium, Denmark, Egypt, Greece, Israel, Jordan, Korea, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Venezuela and the United States.

Northrop Grumman's Electronic Systems sector, headquartered in Baltimore, Md., is a world leader in the design, development, and manufacture of defense electronics systems, including airborne radar systems, navigation systems, electronic warfare systems, precision weapons, airspace management systems, air defense systems, communications systems, space systems, marine systems, oceanic and naval systems, logistics systems, and automation and information systems.

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