REDONDO BEACH, Calif., June 14, 2006 (PRIMEZONE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) today honored six suppliers who have demonstrated exceptional performance and teamwork on the National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS) program. These suppliers have made solid contributions to NPOESS' continued progress at a time when public attention has been focused on the challenges facing the program.

The company presented NPOESS Outstanding Supplier Awards to ITT, Raytheon Intelligence and Information Systems, Maxwell Technologies, ABB Bomem, RT Logic and Earth Resources Technology, Inc. during its third annual NPOESS Supplier Conference. As prime contractor, Northrop Grumman is responsible for overall system design and development, including acquisition of sensors and assembly and test of the spacecraft.

In the last nine months, the NPOESS program has made solid progress," said Dave Ryan, Northrop Grumman Space Technology vice president and NPOESS program director. "This success is due in part to those subcontractors we are honoring. I applaud this year's winners, who have gone above and beyond expectations in critical areas, and demonstrated excellent and consistent performance."

Suppliers were honored for the following achievements:

  --  ITT Space Systems Division has demonstrated continued
      excellent development and performance of the Cross-track
      Infrared Sounder (CrIs) instrument, performing beyond
      contractual agreement and what is expected of a teammate

  --  Raytheon Intelligence and Information Systems has
      continued its outstanding support to Northrop Grumman as
      lead of the Ground Segment.  They have excelled in
      program planning, execution, integration and program
      advocacy.  Additionally, they have assumed oversight
      of Visible/Infrared Imager/Radiometer Suite (VIIRS)
      activities, which is beyond the scope of their contract

  --  Maxwell Technologies, given the fiscal year 2006 (FY06)
      funding constraints of the program, did not hesitate to
      continue working, at their own risk, on the Engineering 
      Model and the Engineering Qualification Model deliverables 
      to support the program's needs and reduce risk for flight

  --  ABB Bomem demonstrated exceptional NPOESS teamwork in the
      manufacture and delivery of the CrIs interferometer. ABB
      has supported the successful integration of the
      interferometer into the CrIs sensor

  --  RT Logic worked proactively to provide fully compliant
      designs and consistently exceeded their contractual
      expectations.  During the design and development cycle,
      RT Logic successfully met all scope of work requirements
      resulting in an on-time delivery

  --  Earth Resources Technology Inc. (ERT) has been instrumental
      in coordination of static and dynamic ancillary data and
      Sensor Data Record content and formats for the CDFCB-X
      (Common Data Format Control Book-External) documentation.
      ERT has also demonstrated domain knowledge on calibration
      and validation of space-borne remote-sensing instruments
 

As the nation's next-generation operational, polar-orbiting environmental satellite system, NPOESS is composed of satellites, a ground-control system and a data- processing/dissemination network. It will provide civilian, military and scientific communities with regional and global meteorological data; oceanographic, environmental, climatic and space environmental remote-sensing information; surface data collection; and search-and-rescue capabilities.

Northrop Grumman Corporation is a global defense company headquartered in Los Angeles, Calif. Northrop Grumman provides technologically advanced, innovative products, services and solutions in systems integration, defense electronics, information technology, advanced aircraft, shipbuilding and space technology. With approximately 125,000 employees and operations in all 50 states and 25 countries, Northrop Grumman serves U.S. and international military, government and commercial customers.

  CONTACT:  Sally Koris
          Northrop Grumman Space Technology
          (310) 812-4721
          sally.koris@ngc.com