Northrop Grumman Delivers Eighth Joint STARS Production Aircraft

Falls Church, Virginia, UNITED STATES

MELBOURNE, Fla., August 2, 2000 (PRIMEZONE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) Integrated Systems Sector (ISS) delivered the eighth E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (Joint STARS) production aircraft on July 27 to the U.S. Air Force's 93rd Air Control Wing, based at Robins AFB, Ga., more than a month ahead of schedule. This is the fourth consecutive Joint STARS E-8C that ISS has delivered early.

"The successful application of lean techniques and solid teamwork in our Melbourne, Fla., and Lake Charles, La., facilities are all parts of the evolving success story that is Joint STARS," said Alan Doshier, ISS vice president-Airborne Ground Surveillance and Battle Management (AGS & BM) Systems. "During the past two years, the team has been a stellar performer in delivering the sophisticated, complex Joint STARS aircraft ahead of schedule."

The company's Electronic Sensors and Systems Sector's Norden Systems business unit in Norwalk, Conn., manufactures the Joint STARS radar sensor, a key component. Norden Systems is also working with ISS on the next generation system, the Radar Technology Insertion Program.

Northrop Grumman's ISS is the prime contractor for the E-8C Joint STARS, the world's most advanced airborne surveillance and target acquisition system that provides real-time, accurate information about vehicles on the ground and slow-moving aircraft for peacekeeping missions and decision-making on the battlefield.

ISS refurbishes Boeing 707 series aircraft at its Lake Charles facility. The 24-foot Joint STARS radar and the powerful computer systems are installed at the sector's AGS & BM Systems facility in Melbourne. The Melbourne team completes work on the production aircraft with ground and flight testing of the system.

Northrop Grumman's ISS, headquartered in Dallas, Tex., is a premier aerospace systems integration enterprise. ISS has the capabilities to design, develop, integrate, produce and support complete systems, as well as airframe subsystems, for airborne surveillance and battle management aircraft, early warning aircraft, airborne electronic warfare aircraft and air combat aircraft.

Northrop Grumman Corporation, headquartered in Los Angeles, is a world-class, high technology company providing innovative solutions in systems integration, defense electronics and information technology for its U.S. and international military, government and commercial customers, as a prime contractor, principal subcontractor, team member or preferred supplier. The company had revenues of $7.6 billion in 1999 (restated) and now has a workforce of approximately 36,000 employees.

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