RESTON, Va., Dec. 15, 2005 (PRIMEZONE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) will continue providing integrated security solutions to U.S. Air Force bases in Southwest Asia, under a one-year, $26 million contract with options that could be worth up to $80 million over three years.

Northrop Grumman's Mission Systems sector will survey sites, install systems, and provide support services to help protect military personnel in the U.S. Central Command Air Forces (CENTAF) area of responsibility. Northrop Grumman is teamed with Honeywell Technology Solutions Inc., based in Columbia, Md.

The Air Force Electronic Systems Center at Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., awarded the initial contract last month with options that could extend the CENTAF effort through September 2008. The contract is managed by the Force Protection Systems Squadron at the Electronic Systems Center, under the Integrated Base Defense Security Systems (IBDSS) contract. IBDSS is a multiple-award acquisition vehicle for meeting installation-security requirements worldwide that was initiated in August 2003.

"We are honored to be able to continue our relationship with CENTAF and to support the deployed forces engaged in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom," said Gene Livermore, program manager for Northrop Grumman's CENTAF effort. "CENTAF's confidence in the Northrop Grumman team was based not only on our strong credentials but also on the outstanding performance of our personnel who are providing support throughout the region."

Northrop Grumman has provided security services in Southwest Asia since 1997, installing systems at more than 40 sites to date. In September, Northrop received a delivery order under IBDSS to provide similar services for the next three years to the U.S. Marine Corps Central Command. In October, Northrop Grumman announced a $38 million contract from the U.S. Army to deploy a mortar-attack warning capability and install that capability at eight forward operating bases in Iraq.

"Our customers are recognizing the value of consistent, proven solutions in the deployed theater," said Dan Verwiel, director of integrated security solutions for Northrop Grumman Mission Systems. "Through these contracts, Northrop Grumman will continue to provide capabilities and solutions that protect our facilities, assets and troops at tactical sites worldwide."

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.

Janis Lamar
Northrop Grumman Mission Systems
(703) 345-7046