PALMDALE, Calif., Oct. 7, 2004 (PRIMEZONE) -- Photos were released today by Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) and are available at

CAPTION - Northrop Grumman Corporation conducted the first flight of the first RQ-4A Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle slated for the Navy's Global Hawk Maritime Demonstration (GHMD).

The air vehicle, dubbed N-1, flew from the company's Palmdale, Calif., production facility to the Birk Flight Test Center at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.

A joint U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force and contractor team will begin preliminary testing of the air vehicle in preparation for its delivery to the Navy in 2005.

N-1 is the first of two Global Hawks Northrop Grumman is producing for the GHMD program. The second air vehicle is scheduled to make its maiden flight early next year. GHMD will demonstrate the system's ability to support Naval maritime surveillance missions. The Navy will operate both vehicles from Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md.

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