EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Jan. 6, 2011 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has marked the completion of the 500 th shipset of the F/A-18 Super Hornet and the 300 th center barrel of the F/A-18 Hornet.

At a celebration held Dec. 16 on the aircraft's assembly line at Northrop Grumman's El Segundo, Calif., facility, company officials joined representatives of The Boeing Company and the U.S. Navy in recognizing the two milestones and praising employees for maintaining high standards of quality, affordability and overall team performance.

As the program's principal subcontractor to prime contractor Boeing, Northrop Grumman is responsible for design and production of the shipset – the center/aft fuselage section, twin vertical tails and all associated subsystems – for the single-seat F/A-18E the two-seat F/A-18F Super Hornet, as well as for the EA-18G Growler electronic warfare aircraft. To date, the company has delivered 500 Super Hornet and Growler shipsets to Boeing's production center in St. Louis for mating with the forward fuselage section and final assembly.

Under a separate contract, Northrop Grumman has produced 300 replacement center barrels for the F/A-18A-D Hornet. The center barrel, a major section of the aircraft's fuselage, serves as the attachment point for the wings and main landing gear. This work has extended the service life of the original A-D models of the aircraft.

"Through the life of this program, deliveries of the Super Hornet have been 100 percent on schedule or ahead of schedule, and each year we've delivered more than 43,000 spares with nearly the same efficiency," said Michelle Scarpella, vice president, F/A-18 program, Northrop Grumman. "I'm proud of this team's dedication to program performance and customer satisfaction, and to designing and building a high-quality, affordable aircraft, year after year."

The F/A-18 program accounts for more than 1,200 jobs at Northrop Grumman's El Segundo Manufacturing Center and more than 10,000 jobs in California at more than 700 supplier companies. The Super Hornet industry team includes Boeing, Northrop Grumman, GE Aircraft Engines, the Raytheon Company and more than 1,900 suppliers in the United States and Canada.

"In today's climate, it's worth noting that the people here in El Segundo are working in a variety of disciplines, with a diverse set of skills, on a program that's setting the bar for high performance," said Duke Dufresne, sector vice president and general manager of the Strike and Surveillance Systems Division of Northrop Grumman's Aerospace Systems sector. "It takes a lot of teamwork to make a program run as well as this one does, and the continued success of the F/A-18 program shows the exceptional level of talent involved here and across the industry team."

To date, Northrop Grumman has delivered shipsets for 1,479 Hornets, 454 Super Hornets and 47 Growlers, for a total of 1,980 shipsets. The Hornet entered service in 1983, the Super Hornet in 2001 and the Growler in 2009.

Northrop Grumman Corporation is a leading global security company whose 120,000 employees provide innovative systems, products, and solutions in aerospace, electronics, information systems, shipbuilding and technical services to government and commercial customers worldwide. Please visit www.northropgrumman.com for more information.

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