RESTON, Va., Sept. 22, 2004 (PRIMEZONE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has been awarded a contract to provide a national military command-and-control system to Slovakia. The command center, located in Bratislava, is scheduled for delivery in February 2005.

It will be the second command center in Eastern Europe that is fully compatible with U.S. and North Atlantic Treaty Organization systems. Northrop Grumman delivered the first system to Bulgaria in May 2004.

Under contract to the U.S. Air Force Electronic Systems Command at Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., Northrop Grumman's Mission Systems sector will integrate, install, test, and deliver the system within six months. Northrop Grumman will provide on-site system support and continue training Slovakian soldiers to use the system for an additional six months and provide off-site support through May 2007.

"The Slovakian National Military Command Center reflects the increasing importance of Eastern Europe in U.S. national policy and Northrop Grumman's leadership in this strategic area," said Barry Rhine, president, of the sector's Defense Mission Systems, Northrop Grumman Mission Systems unit. "We are providing military commanders with the capability to customize the system for their needs to include military support during civil emergencies."

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 intercontinental ballistic missiles; missile defense; intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance; command and control; technical services; and training.

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          Northrop Grumman Mission Systems
          (703) 345-7046
          Janis.lamar@ngc.com