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Northrop Grumman To Provide Advanced Security Systems to Protect Forces Deployed in Southwest Asia

RESTON, Va., March 1, 2005 (PRIMEZONE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has received a delivery order to provide integrated security solutions to U.S. Air Force bases in Southwest Asia.

Under this delivery order, Northrop Grumman's Mission Systems sector will survey sites, install systems, and provide support services to help protect military personnel in the U.S. Central Command Air Forces (CENTAF) area of responsibility, which includes Iraq, Kuwait, Afghanistan, and Qatar. Northrop Grumman is teamed with Honeywell Technical Services Inc., based in Columbia, Md.

The delivery order, valued at more than $33 million, was awarded in December 2004 by the Air Force Electronic Systems Center at Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., under the $498 million Integrated Base Defense Security Systems contract awarded in August 2003. The contract, which is managed by the Force Protection Command and Control Systems Program Office at the Electronic Systems Center, is a multiple-award acquisition vehicle for meeting installation security requirements worldwide.

Key elements of the deployed systems include standoff and perimeter detection technology, immediate visual assessment, command-and-control display equipment, and the supporting power and communications infrastructures. These elements are enhanced through the integration of a wide array of detection and assessment technologies, including ground-surveillance radars, fiber-optic sensors, thermal imagers and command-and-control television cameras, and an advanced open-systems command-and-control platform developed for the Air Force by Northrop Grumman called eTASS (Enhanced Tactical Automated Security System).

"We have proven the value of integrated solutions to detect and assess threats outside the physical perimeter," said Dan Verwiel, director of the integrated security systems business with the Mission Systems sector. "The benefits are clear: By providing the ability to see first, understand first, and act first, we are saving lives."

Northrop Grumman personnel have provided security services in Southwest Asia since 1997, installing systems at more than 30 sites to date. In February 2004, Northrop Grumman Mission Systems received a $26 million follow-on delivery order for CENTAF base security systems.

In addition to supporting CENTAF, Northrop Grumman Mission Systems has developed and deployed fixed and relocatable security systems at military and federal installations in more than 18 countries.

In a recent demonstration at Yuma Proving Ground, Ariz., Northrop Grumman integrated advanced sensor technologies such as Force XXI Battle Command Brigade and Below (FBCB2)-Blue Force Tracking, long-range assessment, and counter-rocket, artillery, and mortar weapon systems into the eTASS platform.

Northrop Grumman Mission Systems, based in Reston, Va., is a global integrator of complex, mission-enabling systems and services for defense, intelligence and civil government markets. The sector's technology leadership and expertise spans areas such as strategic systems, including ICBMs; missile defense; intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance; command and control; technical services; and training.

CONTACT: 
Janis Lamar
Northrop Grumman Mission Systems 
(703) 345-7046
Janis.Lamar@ngc.com