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Northrop Grumman Continues Pursuit of Electronic Warfare Program

BETHPAGE, N.Y., Nov. 6, 2009 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has submitted its proposal for the Technology Maturation phase in the U.S. Navy's competition to develop and field the Next Generation Jammer (NGJ). The jammer will complete the Navy's fielding of a flexible, adaptable weapon to win the fights fought on the electronic battlefield, where an enemy's weapons can range from the sophisticated laboratory-developed technology to commercial electronics.

The eventual production program could be valued in the hundreds of millions of dollars or more to the wining competitor.

NGJ will be a new "shooting end" for the also-new Northrop Grumman-built airborne electronic attack weapon system on board the EA-18G Growlers. NGJ is a critical replacement for the pre-digital ALQ-99 jamming system that, though still effective, faces diminishing availability of components, and diminishing capabilities in the face of digital threats that improve and adapt almost daily.

"The first shot fired in a conflict is often not a bullet. It's an electron," says Steve Hogan, vice president, Northrop Grumman Information Operations and Electronic Attack Integrated Product Team. "We saw how the Russians used electronic attack in Georgia and we see, every day, how terrorists operate.

"Northrop Grumman has designed and delivered cutting edge airborne electronic attack capability for some five decades, enabling protection of our servicemen and women. We recently won several awards for our new system for the Growlers. That's why we not only understand this mission area but have the vision to deliver the Next Generation Jammer System on schedule and within budget," says Hogan.

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

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