RESTON, Va., Sept. 15, 2003 (PRIMEZONE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) is one of four companies awarded a five-year, $498 million contract to provide advanced systems for protecting U.S. Air Force bases worldwide.

The indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity Integrated Base Defense Security System (IBDSS) contract was awarded by the Air Force Electronic Systems Center at Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass. This contract vehicle is available to any federal agency seeking to enhance its security.

Under the IBDSS contract, the Northrop Grumman Mission Systems team will link numerous technologies -- including sensor, software, surveillance, integrated command and control, wireless devices, and wide-area intrusion detection and tracking -- and other force protection elements to enable integrated protection of critical assets.

"This acquisition will support quick-reaction temporary and permanent fixed-site deployments as well as multiple installations at different locations in parallel throughout the world," the Air Force said in its contract announcement. "IBDSS provides a critical line of defense for all critical assets -- fixed, temporary, or mobile -- by way of electronic detection, alarm assessment, access control, communications, and command, control and display capabilities to support and give effective response."

"The IBDSS contract allows us to build upon the continuous support we've provided to the Air Force since the Khobar Towers bombing in 1996," said Dan Verwiel, Northrop Grumman IBDSS program manager. "We have brought together the experience and expertise of various Northrop Grumman sectors as well as industry leaders Honeywell Technology Solutions Inc. Columbia, Md.; Raytheon Technical Services Company, Reston, Va.; Boeing Autometric, Springfield, Va.; Jacobs Facilities, St. Louis; CSC, El Segundo, Calif.; ENSCO Inc., Springfield, Va.; Flaherty Technical Services Inc., San Antonio, Texas and Advanced Biometric Security, Littleton, Mass. This comprehensive team provides best-in-class support for our customer."

Northrop Grumman Mission Systems, based in Reston, Va., is a global integrator of complex, mission-enabling systems and services for defense, intelligence and civil government markets. The sector's technology leadership and expertise spans areas such as strategic systems, including ICBMs; missile defense; intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; command and control; and technical services and training.

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