HERNDON, Va., and SAN JOSE, Calif., Feb. 3, 2003 (PRIMEZONE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) Information Technology (IT) sector and BEA Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq:BEAS), the world's leading application infrastructure software company, today announced the formation of a strategic alliance to collaboratively pursue new business opportunities in the federal information technology market.

Under the terms of the agreement, BEA and Northrop Grumman IT will work cooperatively to identify and pursue new business opportunities principally involving information technology programs. The companies will establish cross-functional business development and technology teams to focus their core competencies on existing and emerging opportunities, identifying process improvements and exchanging best practices.

Northrop Grumman IT's principal business areas, including Information Systems, Enterprise IT Solutions, C4ISR, and others, will have access to the BEA WebLogic Enterprise Platform(tm) application infrastructure technology and products under the terms of the alliance agreement. Northrop Grumman IT, with a customer base spanning the U.S. Department of Defense, civil government and national intelligence agencies, as well as state and local governments, will lead the relationship.

"The alliance enables government agencies to draw on the combined expertise of both companies," said Tom Wilson, vice president, strategic alliances, Northrop Grumman IT. "This alliance positions our companies to deliver our strong capabilities and integrated services to customers, providing greater operational efficiency and enhanced customer service."

"This alliance is a win-win for both companies and the U.S. government customers we serve," said John Gray, vice president of global alliances, BEA Systems. "As our customers increasingly seek commercial off-the-shelf technologies for their complex systems requirements, this alliance can enable BEA Systems and Northrop Grumman IT to offer technically proven, cost-effective solutions to the U.S. military and civil government agencies."

Northrop Grumman Information Technology, headquartered in Herndon, Va., is a trusted IT leader and premier provider of advanced IT solutions, engineering and business services for government and commercial clients. The company's expertise spans such areas as information systems integration; information technology security; command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR); enterprise hardware and software solutions; training and simulation; base and range support; signals intelligence; health informatics; space systems; and specialized scientific, engineering and technical services.

BEA Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq:BEAS) is the world's leading application infrastructure software company, providing the enterprise software foundation for more than 13,000 customers around the world, including the majority of the Fortune Global 500. BEA and its WebLogic(r) brand are among the most trusted names in business. Headquartered in San Jose, Calif., BEA has 81 offices in 34 countries and is on the Web at www.bea.com .

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          Northrop Grumman Information Technology
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          Heather Dickinson
          BEA Systems, Inc.
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