BALTIMORE, Sept. 6, 2007 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) and the U. S. Marine Corps (USMC) successfully reviewed and agreed upon nearly 800 G/ATOR contractual design requirements during the recent System Requirements Review (SRR) held at Northrop Grumman's Electronic Systems sector headquarters in Baltimore, Maryland.

G/ATOR, or Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar, is a highly mobile system intended to fully support the Marine Corps' expeditionary warfare requirements. The new radar system will provide the Marines with enhanced capabilities to detect, track and provide target quality data to engage hostile aircraft, cruise missiles, unmanned air vehicles, rockets, mortars and artillery. G/ATOR will also provide robust air traffic control capabilities to enhance the safety of Marine Corps air operations.

Leading up to the SRR, a comprehensive compilation of 798 G/ATOR contractual design requirements spanning a broad range of topics from technical, programmatic, hardware, software, test and evaluation to logistics were reviewed in detail and agreed upon.

"The stage for a successful SRR was set by the continuous, detailed dialogue we've had -- literally since the day of the contract award -- between the Marine Corps, Northrop Grumman, and our numerous subject matter experts," said John McGough, Marine Corps program manager for Radar Systems. "This G/ATOR team has accomplished a great deal in a short period of time, and we look forward to conducting additional successful technical reviews in the upcoming months."

"We are committed to providing our warfighters with the most advanced and reliable technology available and are honored to be part of this U.S. Marine Corps-industry team," added Emmitt Gibson, vice president of Ground Based Tactical Radars at Northrop Grumman's Electronic Systems sector.

The SRR was attended by more than 70 U.S. Marines and subject matter experts from both the U.S. Department of Defense and industry organizations. Participating Marine Corps organizations included Marine Corps Systems Command, Marine Corps Combat Development Command, and Marine Corps Operational Test and Evaluation Activity. In addition, subject matter experts from numerous Defense Department and industry organizations included the Naval Surface Warfare Centers (Dahlgren and Crane), Naval Research Laboratory, and the Office of Naval Research.

Northrop Grumman is the G/ATOR prime contractor, competitively selected for the program and placed on contract in March 2007. Key members of the Northrop Grumman G/ATOR team include Sensis Corporation, Syracuse, N.Y.; CEA Technologies, Inc., Canberra, Australia; Stanley/Techrizon, Lawton, Okla.; and Caterpillar Logistics, Morton, Ill.

Northrop Grumman Corporation is a $30 billion global defense and technology company whose 120,000 employees provide innovative systems, products, and solutions in information and services, electronics, aerospace and shipbuilding to government and commercial customers worldwide.

  CONTACT:  Ellen Hamilton
          Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems
          (224) 625-4693
          ellen.hamilton@ngc.com