EL SEGUNDO, Calif., May 20, 2003 (PRIMEZONE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) Integrated Systems sector has been named winner of a Best Value Gold Medal from the Defense Logistics Agency, Defense Supply Center Richmond (DSCR), for achieving perfect scores in product quality and on-time delivery of parts and assemblies for four aircraft: the F/A-18 Super Hornet, B-2 Spirit stealth bomber, F-5 fighter and T-38 trainer.
The sector has received numerous quality recognition awards from the DSCR, but 2002 was the first time that work on four aircraft qualified for "Gold" recognition in the same year.
"This award reflects our employees' commitment to providing our military customers with the best in quality, schedule and cost performance," said Gary W. Ervin, sector vice president, Air Combat Systems.
The DSCR in Richmond, Va., presents awards to contractors that achieve quality and delivery scores between 98-100 over a 12-month period. Northrop Grumman achieved a perfect score to earn the Best Value Gold Medal award. The awards will be presented in June at a ceremony in Richmond.
The DSCR is the primary procurement center for aircraft equipment spares and maintenance items.
As principal subcontractor to The Boeing Company on the U.S. Navy's F/A-18, Northrop Grumman Integrated Systems produces the center/aft fuselage section and twin vertical tails and integrates all associated subsystems. The sector is also the prime contractor for the U.S. Air Force's B-2, a strategic, long-range, multirole bomber that can penetrate hostile air space without being detected. The F-5 is an agile, highly maneuverable fighter in service with several countries including the United States, and the T-38 is the Air Force's primary supersonic trainer.
Northrop Grumman Integrated Systems, headquartered in El Segundo, Calif., is a premier aerospace and defense systems integration enterprise. As one of Northrop Grumman Corporation's seven sectors, it designs, develops, produces and supports network-enabled integrated systems and subsystems for U.S. government, civil and international customers. Integrated Systems delivers best-value solutions, products and services that support military and homeland security missions in the areas of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; battle management command and control; and integrated strike warfare.
CONTACT: Jim Hart Northrop Grumman Integrated Systems (310) 331-3616