SAN DIEGO, Sept. 16, 2002 (PRIMEZONE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) Integrated Systems sector has awarded a major subcontract to the team of Vought Aircraft Industries and Alliant Techsystems (ATK) for fabrication of an enhanced wing for the Global Hawk unmanned reconnaissance system.

The enhanced wing is one of a number of system improvements Northrop Grumman is making to Global Hawk to accommodate a larger payload while maintaining current platform performance specifications.

Vought and ATK will help to develop the design, produce the required tooling and fabricate two enhanced prototype wings under this contract, which includes options for future production lots of the enhanced wing configuration. While Vought is an existing subcontractor on the Global Hawk program, ATK is the newest addition to the Global Hawk industry team.

"This contract award is directly attributable to the dedicated Vought and ATK employees in West Virginia, Texas and elsewhere who will be performing this work," said Gary W. Ervin, Northrop Grumman sector vice president for Air Combat Systems. "They have earned the opportunity to be a part of the Global Hawk industry team and participate in the important role the system plays in our national defense."

Work under this subcontract will be conducted at Vought facilities in Dallas, Texas, and at ATK facilities in Clearfield, Utah; Rocket Center, W.Va., and Iuka, Miss. Work begins immediately, and delivery of the first two prototype wings is scheduled for 2004. Follow-on production contracts would continue through 2010.

Global Hawk is a high-altitude, long-endurance, unmanned aerial reconnaissance system designed to provide military field commanders with high-resolution, near-real-time imagery of large geographic areas. Global Hawk is in low-rate initial production for the Air Force's Aeronautical Systems Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. Northrop Grumman Integrated Systems is the prime contractor.

Northrop Grumman Integrated Systems is a premier aerospace systems integration enterprise. Integrated Systems has the capabilities to design, develop, integrate, produce and support complete systems, as well as airframe subsystems, for airborne surveillance and battle management, early warning, airborne electronic warfare and air combat aircraft. It is also integrating these capabilities for emerging network-centric warfare concepts.

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