EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Nov. 27, 2006 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- Using its world-class modeling and simulation capabilities, Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) played a major role in a recent computerized U.S. Air Force exercise that used realistic combat scenarios to explore advanced battle concepts.

For this "advanced concepts event," or ACE, Northrop Grumman used its Cyber Warfare Integration Network (CWIN) to provide virtual, real-time combat simulations to allow evaluation of potential new weapons systems and tactics. Northrop Grumman demonstrated its industry leadership in developing integrated network-centric warfighting concepts across a distributed, virtual modeling and simulation network.

The Nov. 16-17 event was directed by the Air Force's Distributed Mission Operation Center (DMOC) at Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico. Participants included the Air Force Research Laboratory's Directed Energy Directorate, as well as other defense contractors and joint warfighters from the Air Force, Army and Navy.

ACE participants conducted a series of experimental exercises that provided the intensity of real-time combat, allowing them to determine the value to the warfighter of future technologies, tactics and procedures. Northrop Grumman's CWIN highlighted the contributions of airborne electronic warfare, advanced weapons and sensors on strike platforms, expanded airborne battle management capabilities, and data dissemination in combined air operations centers.

For example, some exercises demonstrated the capabilities a high-energy, solid-state laser system could bring to the B-2 stealth bomber or other stealthy platforms, particularly the optics for "positive combat identification." In a self-defense function, the laser system could protect the aircraft against missiles and other aircraft.

"Northrop Grumman developed the CWIN because we wanted to help our customers explore new warfighting concepts," said Tom Williams, vice president of Advanced Capabilities Development for Northrop Grumman's Integrated Systems sector. "It is also a valuable engineering tool to develop new systems and upgrade existing systems to ensure they meet the needs of our customers today and tomorrow."

Northrop Grumman launched its CWIN in 2002 to support full-spectrum battlefield operations and system-of-systems design and development. CWIN's open architecture allows seamless connection with other company units, industry teammates and customers via high-bandwidth, secure commercial and government lines, satellite communications and other specialized connectivity elements.

For the ACE exercise, the CWIN incorporated other network nodes at company locations in Bethpage, N.Y.; Melbourne, Fla., and Rancho Bernardo, Calif. The CWIN provided connectivity to government laboratories participating in the virtual exercise including the Air Force DMOC and the Combined Air and Space Operations Center at Langley AFB, Va.

Northrop Grumman Corporation is a $30 billion global defense and technology company whose 120,000 employees provide innovative systems, products, and solutions in information and services, electronics, aerospace and shipbuilding to government and commercial customers worldwide.

  CONTACT:  Jim Hart
          Northrop Grumman Integrated Systems 
          (310) 331-3616
          james.f.hart@ngc.com