ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill., Aug. 20, 2002 (PRIMEZONE) -- (WITH PHOTO) Everett H. Pratt Jr. has been named vice president of Electronic Warfare (EW) programs for Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) Electronic Systems sector. Pratt had served as an independent consultant for Northrop Grumman since retiring from the U.S. Air Force in 1997.

In his new position, Pratt will be responsible for product improvements, new product opportunities and overall growth of the EW business area. He reports to John Chino, vice president and general manager, Defensive Systems Division.

Northrop Grumman's EW programs include airborne self-protection, warning receivers, geo-location systems, integrated electronic combat systems and decoy payloads.

Pratt had a distinguished 33-year career with the Air Force, principally in tactical aviation, retiring with the rank of lieutenant general. He last served as vice commander of U.S. Air Forces in Europe, a position in which he planned and conducted day-to-day operations of all Air Force units and activities throughout Europe, Africa and portions of the Middle East.

Pratt brings to his new position extensive operational experience with tactical electronic warfare systems. During his military career he operated, trained with and flew, both operationally and in combat, most of the EW systems produced for Air Force tactical fighters since the mid-1960s.

Pratt holds a bachelor's degree in international affairs from Emory University. He graduated from the Air Command and Staff College and the Executive Program in National and International Security at Harvard University. He is also a distinguished graduate of the Air War College and is currently a member of the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board.

Headquartered in Baltimore, Md., Northrop Grumman's Electronic Systems sector is 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.

  CONTACT:  Katie Lamb
          Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems
          (847) 259-9600, ext. 3542