BUFFALO, N.Y., July 9, 2002 (PRIMEZONE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) Amherst Systems business unit has delivered to the U.S Navy the first of five new radar threat simulator systems designed to help train naval pilots and other military personnel to identify and effectively counter potential enemy missile or artillery threats.

Amherst Systems designed and developed the Mobile Remote Emitter Simulator (MRES) to simulate radar emissions generated from such radar-guided enemy weapon systems as surface-to-air-missiles and anti-aircraft artillery. Various naval personnel, including pilots and electronic warfare systems operators, will utilize the MRES as a training aid to help identify enemy threats and develop appropriate countermeasures actions.

In addition to serving as a training tool, the threat simulators are also used by Navy electronics technicians and weapons systems operators to calibrate, test and validate the operation of various electronic warfare systems already in the Navy's inventory.

"MRES is unique in that it can generate from one workstation virtually all threats that might be encountered in an integrated air defense system," said Dr. Ed Eberl, president of Amherst Systems, a unit of Northrop Grumman's Electronic Systems sector. "Unlike many existing fixed-station threat simulators, the MRES is mobile and can be easily towed from site to site by pickup trucks."

The first MRES was delivered to the Program Manager for Tactical Training Ranges at the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), Patuxent River, Md. NAVAIR is the ultimate technology provider, authority and action resource for naval aviation technologies for the warfighter. MRES units will ultimately be installed at the Navy's Atlantic Test Ranges at Patuxent River.

"This state-of-the-art simulation and training system will provide the U.S. Navy with the unique ability to dynamically simulate modern threats in an open-air environment for testing electronic warfare systems, and electronic support measures systems and to effectively and efficiently train the operators of these systems," Dr. Eberl added.

Based in Buffalo, N.Y., with a facility in East Elmhurst, N.Y., Amherst Systems is involved in the design, development, and manufacture and support of electronic warfare simulation, test and training systems. It is a component of the company's Baltimore, Md.-based Electronic Systems sector, 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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