COVENTRY, U.K., Jan. 23, 2003 (PRIMEZONE) -- The U.K. Ministry of Defence (MOD) will evaluate a remote control vehicle (RCV) for explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) manufactured by REMOTEC UK Ltd., a subsidiary of Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC).

REMOTEC UK has received a contract for the RCV as a member of a BAE SYSTEMS-led consortium from the MOD's Special Projects office to deliver the RCV for trials.

The prototype RCV selected for the project will eventually replace the current in-service vehicle, the Wheelbarrow Mk8B, which also was designed by REMOTEC UK. An equivalent contract has been awarded to one other competitor. After conducting the trials and selecting a winner, the MOD will award a contract for approximately 150 of the vehicles.

"This contract reflects the MOD's confidence in REMOTEC, based on past performance of its products," said Mack Barber, president of REMOTEC. "It's doubly significant because the UK EOD team's choice of equipment carries a lot of influence throughout the international EOD market."

A unit of Northrop Grumman's Electronic Systems sector, Coventry- and Oak Ridge, Tenn.-based REMOTEC is an industry leader in developing and manufacturing hazardous-duty robotic systems for police, military and industrial applications 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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