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Northrop Grumman Completes First Littoral Combat Ship System Installation

BETHPAGE, N.Y. - Aug. 10, 2008 - As part of a U.S. Navy-led team, Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) helped complete the successful installation of the Mission Package computing environment into the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) the USS Freedom in June. The mission packages, the first of which was delivered by the Navy last year and the second of which was delivered in July, enable each LCS to be reconfigured for different missions within a matter of days.

"The mission package program is moving ahead on track," said Bob Klein, vice president and Northrop Grumman's Maritime and Tactical Systems integrated product team leader. "The Navy has worked hard to ensure that these packages meet performance and cost criteria and are ready for the warfighter. The installation of this first computing environment is another milestone in that process."

Northrop Grumman employees installed and tested the computing environment itself, which comprises four racks of processing hardware and the classified and operational software that runs the package. A system check indicated that the computing environment was operating properly and that communication with the ship's infrastructure was complete.

The Mission Package Program is led by Capt. Mike Good, the program executive officer for LMW PMS-420. Northrop Grumman serves as the Navy's mission package integrator. As such, the company assists the Navy and ensures that all systems within the three mission packages now being produced -- for mine, surface and antisubmarine warfare -- are fully integrated within the packages, with the ship and with the larger Navy global information grid.

The Navy is building the first six packages -- two each for mine, surface and antisubmarine warfare. The largest package is for mine warfare and has systems such as Northrop Grumman's Airborne Laser Mine Detection System and First Scout unmanned vehicle among its many mine countermeasures tools. The systems are supported by eight TEU ISO standard (20 feet long by eight feet wide by eight feet tall) shipping-type containers.

"The Navy's mission packages will give the fleet the latest weaponry to detect and destroy threats, no matter whether they be on or below the surface of the sea," Klein said. "However, one aspect of the mission packages that's little appreciated is the huge cost savings the mission package concept delivers to the taxpayer. When sailors swap packages on a ship they have essentially built a new ship.

"On top of that, the modularity, automation and use of unmanned vehicles reduce the number of sailors required and, thereby, cost. Each mission package needs only 15 personnel and 23 aviation detachment personnel for the helicopters," said Klein.

Northrop Grumman Corporation is a global defense and technology company whose 120,000 employees provide innovative systems, products, and solutions in information and services, electronics, aerospace and shipbuilding to government and commercial customers worldwide.

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