EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Jan. 22, 2003 (PRIMEZONE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) Integrated Systems sector has been awarded a $47.4 million contract by the U.S. Navy for continued production of replacement structural assemblies and spare parts for the F/A-18 Hornet strike fighter that will extend the service life of aircraft operated by the U.S. Navy and the Canadian Defence Force.

Northrop Grumman Integrated Systems will provide 37 "center barrel" fuselage sections and 12 engine nacelles for the Navy and 34 center barrels and spare parts for Canadian F/A-18s. The structural assemblies and spare parts are for the A/B/C/D models of the F/A-18.

The center barrel, a major section of the F/A-18's fuselage, serves as the attachment point for the wings and main landing gear.

Work is to be completed by April 2007 and will be performed at Northrop Grumman's Integrated Systems facility in El Segundo. This award follows previous contracts totaling $30.2 million for F/A-18 structural assemblies.

The combat-proven F/A-18 Hornet is a single- and dual-seat, twin-engine multimission tactical aircraft. Hornets are in service with the Navy and Marine Corps and the air forces of Canada, Australia, Spain, Kuwait, Finland, Switzerland and Malaysia.

As principal subcontractor to The Boeing Company, Northrop Grumman has produced the center/aft fuselage section and twin vertical tails and integrated all associated subsystems for each version of the F/A-18 including the current production model, the Super Hornet.

Northrop Grumman Integrated Systems, headquartered in El Segundo, Calif., is a premier aerospace and defense systems integration enterprise with the capabilities to design, develop, produce and support fully missionized integrated systems and subsystems. Integrated Systems delivers best-value solutions, products and services in support of chosen segments within the broad market areas of battlespace awareness, command and control systems and integrated combat systems.

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