HERNDON, Va., Aug. 19, 2003 (PRIMEZONE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has been awarded a contract from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to conduct environmental assessments in support of National Airspace Redesign projects. These assessments will examine the potential environmental impacts resulting from proposed modifications to air traffic routings.

The contract will be worth more than $6 million over five years to Northrop Grumman's Information Technology (IT) sector.

"In addition to the environmental studies, Northrop Grumman IT will facilitate community involvement programs to assure that all interested parties have a voice in the environmental process," said Jim Perriello, president, Government Solutions, Northrop Grumman IT. "We have had much success with large-scale airspace environmental tasks for the FAA and look forward to providing the FAA Air Traffic Division with prompt, technically accurate studies."

The first step in the process of community involvement is to understand the public's needs. Northrop Grumman IT will identify and involve the public to consider specific concerns that will help broaden the FAA's information base and improve decisions.

The FAA is in the midst of a multiyear effort to redesign the nation's airspace to add capacity and improve the efficiency of air travel by the airlines, general aviation and the military. The National Airspace Redesign uses new technologies, aircraft equipment, infrastructure and procedures in this effort.

Northrop Grumman IT team members for the environmental impact studies are HNTB Corp., Arlington, Va.; Harris Miller Miller & Hanson, Burlington, Mass.; Metron Aviation, Reston, Va.; and EventWorks LLC, New Rochelle, N.Y.

Northrop Grumman Information Technology, headquartered in Herndon, Va., is a trusted IT leader and premier provider of advanced IT solutions, engineering and business services for government and commercial clients. The company's expertise spans such areas as information systems integration; information technology security; command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR); homeland security; enterprise hardware and software solutions; training and simulation; base and range support; signals intelligence; health informatics; space systems; and specialized scientific, engineering and technical services.

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