HERNDON, Va., Oct. 17, 2011 -- The U.S. Air Force has awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) three task orders under the A-10 Thunderbolt Life-cycle Program Support (TLPS) indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract.

Under the terms of a $4.9 million reliability centered maintenance task order, Northrop Grumman will identify related risk factors and develop maintenance strategies for selected systems and subsystems.

A $6.1 million aircraft structural integrity program (ASIP) Modernization III task order is a continuation of work completed on ASIP Modernization I and II. These tasks are specifically focused on modernizing the A-10 structural integrity processes and exploiting cross-cutting opportunities with other weapon systems within the Aerospace Sustainment Directorate.

Similarly, a $7.9 million ASIP Legacy III task order is a follow-on task to ASIP Legacy I and II. The ASIP legacy III tasks include investigating and evaluating circumstances concerning A-10 weapon system accidents and incidents, ensuring the operational safety, suitability and effectiveness of the A-10, and maintaining the A-10 engineering database, which includes engineering drawings, processes and other source data.

"Northrop Grumman is leveraging cross-company expertise for A-10 sustainability and support to ensure the safety of our nation's warfighters," said Chris Jones, vice president and general manager of Northrop Grumman's Integrated Logistics and Modernization Division. "We are also bringing innovation that enables affordability focused on increasing the effectiveness of this platform while reducing maintenance requirements while maintaining high aircraft availability."

"Our team will assess, analyze and recommend cost-effective and practical solutions to reliability, maintainability and supportability issues the A-10 fleet currently faces," said Cindy Green, A-10 TLPS program manager for Northrop Grumman Technical Services. "Our customer and platform intimacy ensures both the quality and success of these tasks.

Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in aerospace, electronics, information systems, and technical services to government and commercial customers worldwide. Please visit www.northropgrumman.com for more information.

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