EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Aug. 8, 2002 (PRIMEZONE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) Integrated Systems sector, prime contractor for the B-2 stealth bomber, has entered into an agreement with the U.S. Air Force that will enhance support of the B-2 weapon system by a joint government-contractor team.

Called the Total System Support Partnership (TSSP), the agreement will add supply chain management and support integration to Northrop Grumman's work under the existing B-2 Flexible Acquisition and Sustainment Team contract. Northrop Grumman employees will be able to work more closely with Air Force logistics personnel to support B-2 operational readiness.

"The TSSP agreement reflects the Air Force's confidence in Northrop Grumman's continuing support of the B-2," said Paul Marchisotto, vice president and B-2 program manager for Northrop Grumman Integrated Systems. "It will enhance support of the warfighter by leveraging the strengths of the government and the prime contractor to improve response time and reduce costs."

Under TSSP, Northrop Grumman personnel will be involved in daily B-2 support activities to anticipate needs and expedite acquisition of items that could affect mission capability rates. They will perform these functions during the flight line review of pre- and post-flight aircraft records, informal and formal interaction with flight line maintenance personnel and data monitoring in the consolidated aircraft maintenance system at Whiteman Air Force Base, the operational home of the B-2 fleet. This early insight into trends will enable the government-industry support team to take a more proactive approach before problems occur.

The B-2 Spirit is a strategic, long-range multirole bomber. Its low observable characteristics make it the most survivable aircraft in the world, able to penetrate hostile air space without being detected.

Northrop Grumman Integrated Systems, headquartered in Dallas, Texas, 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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