OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss., Dec. 19, 2002 (PRIMEZONE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) Electronic Systems sector has appointed Martin P. Simoni site director of its electronics integration facility located here.

The Ocean Springs organization, part of the Advanced Naval Platforms group within Electronic Systems, designs, integrates and tests ship electronic systems and primarily serves the Gulf Coast shipbuilding industry as a ship electronic systems integrator.

The Ocean Springs facility currently has 50 employees, including systems and software engineering personnel, and maintains a limited manufacturing capability for shipboard spares and repairs.

Simoni joined the company in 1987 as an engineer, and has held a number of positions in the field engineering organization and Command, Control, Communications, Computers Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance & Naval Division.

Simoni has managed the SouthCom Counter Drug and Surveillance program, the Expert Missile Tracker deployment program and numerous Air Force logistics support programs. Most recently at Northrop Grumman, he served as the program manager for the Egyptian air traffic control program.

Simoni received a bachelor's degree in mathematical sciences from The Pennsylvania State University.

Headquartered in Baltimore, Md., Northrop Grumman's Electronic Systems sector is a world leader in the design, development and manufacture of defense and commercial electronics and systems including airborne radar systems, navigation systems, electronic warfare systems, precision weapons, air traffic control systems, air defense systems, communications systems, space systems, marine systems, oceanic and naval systems, logistics systems, and government systems.

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