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Northrop Grumman Awarded U.S. State Department African Training Contract

HERNDON, Va., July 6, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The U.S. State Department has awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) a contract to provide staff to conduct peacekeeping operations and humanitarianism assistance training.

Northrop Grumman is one of four contractors receiving awards under the five-year indefinite delivery-indefinite quantity contract, which has a program ceiling of $500 million.

"Northrop Grumman has been on the forefront of proactive peacekeeping efforts on the African continent for the last 12 years," said Tom Vice, corporate vice president and president of Northrop Grumman Technical Services. "We are extremely proud to have been selected to continue our support to the State Department's ACOTA program and providing world-class training support and services to African militaries."

Northrop Grumman will provide the staff, training, equipment and logistics support to select African nations through seminars, instruction, simulation-supported exercises and field training. Nations currently participating in the ACOTA program include Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Mali, Malawi, Mauritania, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Rwanda, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, and Zambia. Northrop Grumman has supported the African Crisis Response Initiative/African Contingency Operations Training and Assistance program since its inception in 1998 and designed the initial training and materials as well as conducted computer-assisted peacekeeping exercises for African partner nations.

"The ACOTA program is arguably the most successful engagement program that the State Department has in Africa," said Greg Schmidt, vice president and general manager, Northrop Grumman Technical Service's Training Solutions Division. "The objective is to enable participating nations' militaries to develop their own trained unit capacity to provide peacekeeping support operations where required."

Work on the ACOTA program will be performed on site in the participating African nations and from Northrop Grumman's Leavenworth, Kan., facility, where the company supports several other military training contracts.

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. Please visit www.northropgrumman.com for more information.

CONTACT:  Abby Field
          Northrop Grumman Technical Services
          (703) 713-4486
          abigail.field@ngc.com

          Leah Smith
          Northrop Grumman Technical Services
          (703) 713-4616
          leah.smith@ngc.com