LOS ANGELES, June 30, 2006 (PRIMEZONE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) will conduct a series of briefings for media attending the Farnborough International Air Show, July 17-23, in Farnborough, Hampshire, United Kingdom. The briefings will feature a number of Northrop Grumman's high-profile programs, including several with significant transatlantic participation.
The Farnborough Air Show, one of the world's largest aerospace events, expects to attract more than 130,000 trade show visitors and exhibitors from more than 30 countries. The time, date and details of each Northrop Grumman media briefing are listed below.
-- "Directional Infrared Countermeasures Systems (DIRCM) on Apache Helicopters"
Monday, July 17; 1000-1100 BST; Media Center, Northrop Grumman Pavilion
Presenter: Jack Pledger, director, Infrared Countermeasures Program, Business Development, Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems
Northrop Grumman's combat-proven AN/AAQ-24(V) is the only laser-based DIRCM system in full production and saving lives in operational use today. This briefing will describe the new DIRCM/Apache Modular Aircraft Survivability Equipment pod, the most robust IR survivability system available, which is currently undergoing testing with the Royal Netherlands Air Force. Contact: Katie Lamb-Heinz (847) 528-1225
-- "Status and Operational Implications of Laser Weapons"
Tuesday, July 18; 1000-1100 BST; Media Center, Northrop Grumman Pavilion
Presenter: Dan Wildt, director, Business Development, Directed Energy Systems, Northrop Grumman Space Technology
Rapid advancements in laser technologies have created a need to better understand the operational implications of laser weapons. If laser weapons live up to the potential shown thus far and development proceeds as fast as projected, warfare could enter the age of laser weapons within the decade, much sooner than most expected. Northrop Grumman will discuss how balancing the strengths of laser weapons against their operational limitations makes them well-suited for roles in two key mission areas - active defense and offensive strike. Contact: Diane Murphy (202) 261-9681
-- "RQ-4 Global Hawk Update"
Tuesday, July 18; 1100-1200 BST; Media Center, Northrop Grumman Pavilion
Presenter: Ed Walby, director, Business Development, Tactical UAV Systems, Northrop Grumman Integrated Systems
This briefing will include an overview of the system's new "block" acquisition structure, combat operations supporting the global war on terrorism, and the system's recent participation in maritime, coastal watch, drug interdiction and homeland security applications. Contact: Cynthia Curiel (858) 518-9722
-- "Hawkeye: The Net-Centric Multi-mission System"
Tuesday, July 18; 1330-1430 BST; Media Center, Northrop Grumman Pavilion
Presenter: Cmdr. Tom Carroll, Foreign Military Sales Lead, PMA-231 Naval Air Systems Command, U.S. Navy; and Jerry Spruill, director, International Airborne Early Warning Programs, Northrop Grumman Integrated Systems
This briefing will discuss the Hawkeye's expanding portfolio of capabilities and roles. Contact: John Vosilla (516) 816-5354
-- "AESA Radar Overview"
Wednesday, July 19; 1000-1100 BST; Media Center, Northrop Grumman Pavilion
Presenter: Scott Porter, vice president, Global Field Marketing, Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems
A recognized world leader in military radar systems for both fighter and surveillance aircraft applications, Northrop Grumman is designing, developing and successfully producing the radar systems of today and tomorrow utilizing state-of-the-art active electronically scanned array (AESA) technologies. This presentation will provide an update on our AESA radar heritage, including the innovative application of fighter aircraft radar for high-bandwidth communications. Contact: Katie Lamb-Heinz (847) 528-1225
-- "Naval, Land Combat and Homeland Security Applications for Tactical UAV Systems"
Wednesday, July 19; 1300-1400 BST; Media Center, Northrop Grumman Pavilion
Presenter: Michael Fuqua, director, Business Development, Tactical Unmanned Systems
The Northrop Grumman-produced MQ-8 Fire Scout, MQ-5B Hunter and the KillerBee low-altitude, low-endurance unmanned air systems are currently in development, production, test and evaluation and/or combat operations. Supporting U.S. Navy and U.S. Army customers, these systems provide intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and target acquisition data for forces on the ground and at sea. Contact: Cynthia Curiel (858) 518-9722
For additional details on a specific briefing, please contact the individual listed with each briefing. For general inquiries regarding Northrop Grumman's participation at the Air Show or its international business activities, please contact Randy Belote, vice president of Corporate and International Communications at (443) 994-1489.
Northrop Grumman is a global defense company headquartered in Los Angeles, Calif. Northrop Grumman provides technologically advanced, innovative products, services and solutions in systems integration, defense electronics, information technology, advanced aircraft, shipbuilding and space technology. With more than 125,000 employees, and operations in all 50 states and 25 countries, Northrop Grumman serves U.S. and international military, government and commercial customers.
CONTACT: Randy Belote Northrop Grumman Corporation (443) 994-1489 email@example.com