HERNDON, Va., May 19, 2009 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) announced today its aviation industry teammates in the competition for the U.S. Air Force's KC/KDC-10 Extender contractor logistics support (CLS) contract. The company's Technical Services sector entered the competition as prime contractor in December 2007. Teammates include TIMCO Aviation Services Inc., AAR, Chromalloy Gas Turbine LLC, and MTU Maintenance.

"We're especially pleased with the best-in-breed team we've assembled to offer the most innovative, technically superior and low-cost solution to our Air Force customer," said Jim Cameron, corporate vice president and president of Northrop Grumman Technical Services. "Together, our team excels in program integration, leveraging the best of our industry partner core competencies while ensuring proactive management and unity of effort to provide comprehensive, responsive and focused support throughout program execution. Such capabilities only mean one thing for our customer -- superior service delivered anytime, anywhere."

Northrop Grumman Technical Services is a logistics support, sustainment and technical services powerhouse for the corporation and its current and future customers. The sector's Life Cycle Optimization and Engineering (LCOE) group provides a full spectrum of contractor logistics support including logistics management, depot maintenance, sustaining engineering support and global field management. The sector also has tremendous reach-back to the broader Northrop Grumman enterprise.

TIMCO Aviation Services Inc. is the largest single independent provider of fully integrated aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul services for major commercial and government aircraft operators in North America, supporting its customers with comprehensive, individually tailored aircraft-care services. TIMCO has extensive experience in maintaining, repairing and modifying DC-10-type aircraft. Since 2003, TIMCO has provided outstanding services to seven major DC-10 operators encompassing more than 1.8 million man hours of work.

AAR is one of the world's leading aviation support companies and provides the Northrop Grumman KC/KDC-10 program team its supply chain management solution. AAR supports a broad range of commercial and military customers with just-in-time delivery, parts exchange, comprehensive inventory management programs, component repair services, Parts Manufacture Approval (PMA) parts supply and systems integration solutions. AAR is a proven Northrop Grumman partner providing supply chain management support on the U.S. Air Force Joint STARS Program and the United Kingdom E-3D Whole Life Support Program.

Chromalloy and MTU Maintenance will provide the engine maintenance and related value-added management solutions for the Northrop Grumman team. Chromalloy's Designated Engineering repair processes use cost-effective Federal Aviation Administration-approved PMA parts to leverage savings such as demonstrated by the $85 million saved on the U.S. Air Force T-39 program. MTU Maintenance is the largest and most successful CF6-50 engine overhaul facility in North America and earned Boeing's Gold Supplier rating for CF6-50 service on the U.S. Air Force's E-4B program.

"This exceptional Northrop Grumman team will bring the requisite proven capabilities and qualifications to execute the full spectrum of world-class support the Air Force requires for the KC/KDC-10 program: logistics management, depot maintenance, sustaining engineering support and global field deployment," said Dave Werkheiser, vice president and general manager of the company's LCOE group.

The Northrop Grumman team will leverage its more than 4,300 active suppliers from all 50 states in support of the KC/KDC-10 Program.

The team submitted its proposal to the Air Force May 8, 2009. Contract award is expected before the end of June with contract phase-in set to begin July 1, 2009.

Northrop Grumman Corporation is a leading global security company whose 120,000 employees provide innovative systems, products and solutions in aerospace, electronics, information systems, shipbuilding and technical services to government and commercial customers worldwide.

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