HUNTSVILLE, Ala., April 9, 2007 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC), one of the largest defense contractors in Huntsville, cut the ribbon today on a new headquarters, the first building of what is expected to be an $80 million, four- or five-building campus dedicated to transforming research into business success.

"This new facility and the entire Cummings Research Park campus demonstrate our confidence that Northrop Grumman will continue to grow in the Huntsville area. It is an investment in the top-notch employees here in the state of Alabama and in our customers, who dedicate themselves each and every day to keeping this country strong and secure," said Ronald Sugar, Northrop Grumman chairman and chief executive officer.

In addition to Sugar, the ribbon cutting ceremony included Bob Riley, Alabama governor; Loretta Spencer, Huntsville city mayor; Jerry Agee, corporate vice president and president of Northrop Grumman Mission Systems sector; and Dan Montgomery, Northrop Grumman corporate lead executive for the Huntsville region.

The 110,000 square foot facility houses 400 employees from several of the company's business units that operate in Huntsville. It provides offices, laboratories, and state-of-the-art integration, research and development facilities.

"This new high-tech, state-of-the-art facility provides a superb working environment for our employees, implements operating efficiencies, and enables Northrop Grumman to continue offering our customers the best possible solutions to meet challenges today and far into the future," Agee said. "We are wholly committed to our customers and grateful to the leadership and residents of the state of Alabama and Huntsville for making Northrop Grumman an integral part of the community."

During the ceremony, Northrop Grumman officials awarded a $10,000 check to the Huntsville Regional Economic Growth Initiative and $5,000 to the Harvest Boys and Girls Club, which will continue the company's support of CareerLaunch, a program that introduces "at risk" youth to the fields of science, engineering and technology. The company and its employees provided almost $43,000 to Huntsville area causes in 2006 and more than $11,000 so far in 2007.

Northrop Grumman employs 1,200 people in the Huntsville area, and 1,500 in Alabama. Employees support a number of military customers in the region, including U.S. Army Space and Missile Command; Army Aviation and Missile Command; Army Program Executive Office for Aviation; Army Program Executive Office for Missiles and Space; U.S. Missile Defense Agency; National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and Defense Intelligence Agency.

Northrop Grumman's major programs in Huntsville include Kinetic Energy Interceptors; Hellfire Missile; Ground-based Midcourse Defense Fire Control and Launch Control Equipment software; Forward Area Air Defense Command and Control; Command Post Platform; Longbow Missile; and Viper Strike munition.

In addition, the company established a premier Missile Defense Engineering and Analysis Center and the Huntsville System and Mechanical Engineering Center of Excellence and is competing for the U.S. Army's Integrated Air and Missile Defense-Battle Command System, which could create more jobs in the Huntsville area.

Northrop selected Colonial Properties to develop the new building. Colonial Properties Trust, a real estate investment trust headquartered in Birmingham, Ala., is developing the Cummings Research Park project located off Interstate 565.

Northrop Grumman Corporation is a $30 billion global defense and technology company whose 122,000 employees provide innovative systems, products, and solutions in information and services, electronics, aerospace and shipbuilding to government and commercial customers worldwide.

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          Northrop Grumman Mission Systems  
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