FARNBOROUGH 2002 AIR SHOW, FARNBOROUGH, U.K., July 23, 2002 (PRIMEZONE) -- Pilot and air traffic control specialist communications will be enhanced through a 10-year contract awarded to Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) Denro Systems operating unit to supply its next-generation voice communication switching systems (VCSS) to the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Automated Flight Service Stations (AFSS).

AFSS systems provide flight planning, advisory and communications services to general aviation pilots along the nation's airways and terminal air routes. Denro Systems' VCSS will serve as the principal communications interface between pilots and the AFSS, providing reliable air-to-ground, ground-to-ground and specialized features.

Under this indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity order contract, up to 65 systems are planned over a 10-year period. The initial two-year base period order is valued at $3.5 million.

"Our Denro Systems AFSS network of systems will significantly improve pilot access to flight planning, weather, communications and emergency services that are essential to safe and efficient flight," said Dave Wolt, site director for Northrop Grumman Denro Systems. "We are proud to be a part of our nation's efforts to safeguard the flying public."

Denro Systems, headquartered in Gaithersburg, Md., is an operating unit of Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems sector. It is the incumbent supplier to the FAA for its Enhanced Tower Voice Switch, Small Tower Voice Switch, Rapid Deployment Voice Switch, and Digital Voice Recorder System product lines. A world leader in voice communications solutions, Denro Systems has sold more than 1,400 voice communications systems and over 600 Digital Voice Recorder Systems worldwide.

Headquartered in Baltimore, Md., Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems is a world leader in the design, development and manufacture of defense electronics systems including airborne radar systems, navigation systems, electronic warfare systems, precision weapons, airspace management systems, air defense systems, communications systems, space systems, marine systems, oceanic and naval systems, logistics systems, and automation and information systems.

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