MELBOURNE, Fla., Oct. 17, 2001 (PRIMEZONE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) Integrated Systems sector has been awarded a $64.8 million test support delivery order by the U.S. Air Force for the Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (Joint STARS).

A four-year, fixed-price delivery order for the Joint STARS program, Joint STARS Extended Test Support (JETS), is a continuation of the current test program, Follow-On Test Support (FOTS), with similar objectives and provisions. The delivery order provides the critical skill infrastructure and test assets necessary for the continued development of the Joint STARS system.

Key JETS mission objectives include conducting government testing; providing training and proficiency flights for mission crew and primary aircrew; supplying office facilities for the government Joint Test Force (JTF), engineering services; participating in system demonstrations and exercises; and installing, evaluating, demonstrating and testing potential system modifications and improvements.

"Northrop Grumman's JETS team is dedicated to providing a superior test platform," said Alan Doshier, Integrated Systems vice president for Airborne Ground Surveillance and Battle Management (AGS&BM) Systems. "We've built a strong relationship with the JTF and this will ensure we continue to test the latest technology for the Joint STARS program. The timing of this delivery order will also allow for a seamless transition of test support from FOTS to JETS and provide uninterrupted test coverage for ongoing and future Joint STARS development efforts."

Northrop Grumman's AGS&BM Systems, a business unit of the company's Integrated Systems sector, develops and produces the Air Force's Joint STARS system, the world's most advanced battle management asset.

Headquartered in Dallas, Tex., Northrop Grumman Integrated Systems 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 aircraft, early warning aircraft, airborne electronic warfare aircraft and air combat aircraft.

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