LINTHICUM, Md., Aug. 2, 2010 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) recently delivered the 100th Common Imagery Processor (CIP) to the U.S. Air Force. The CIP is the primary sensor processing element of the Distributed Common Ground/Surface System.

The CIP is the U.S. Department of Defense standard imagery processor for all U.S. Distributed Common Ground Systems imagery ground stations.   The CIP also offers the promise for coalition partners to consolidate redundant and stovepiped processing systems.

"The CIP program continues to exemplify Northrop Grumman's ability to manage, deliver and quickly field multiple advanced and integrated software-based systems through the routine use of commercial-off-the-shelf and government-off-the-shelf materials," said Ed Bush, vice president of C4ISR Networked Systems for the company's Electronic Systems sector. "The CIP expands the warfighter's ability to receive actionable imagery intelligence in the global war on terrorism."

"Northrop Grumman achieved tremendous success in creating quick reaction capabilities for innovative imagery capability, designing an 'enhanced CIP' to quickly process secondary imagery and devising a new methodology to 'stitch' together disjointed imagery returns.  This capability makes CIP a prime candidate for processing, exploitation and dissemination challenges facing today's warfighters," Bush added.

Northrop Grumman, its customer and the end-users are continuing to explore new capabilities of the CIP for anticipated future processing, exploitation and disseminations needs of the warfighter. To address the increased volume of video collected from multiple sensors, Northrop Grumman is exploring opportunities to host advanced post-processing algorithms to the CIP, allowing the sensors to quickly process imagery and give the warfighter information sooner.

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  CONTACT:  Alleace Gibbs
          Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems
          (410) 765-1294